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Re: FTP Team -- call for volunteers

On Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 11:42:39AM +0000, Neil McGovern wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 18, 2020 at 12:25:24PM -0400, Theodore Y. Ts'o wrote:
> > > 2) We would be very limited in what checks we could actually do on new
> > > packages. If we look too closely at packages, we stop being a
> > > distributor, and start being a publisher. I'm not sure that we want to
> > > move towards just being a distribution platform, rather than actually
> > > doing QA checks.
> > 
> > I'm confused.  As near as I can tell, we already are looking super
> > closely at new packages.
> > 
> Yes, and there's the problem. To move from a situation where we try and
> say "we're a distributor, not a publisher", then we would need to stop
> doing some of those checks, or at least work out a way of automating
> them.

[snip very useful explanation - thanks for that, Neil!]

> So, to ease the burden on ftp-masters by trying to say that 
> > the responsibility of the right to redistribute of the uploaded
> > software be moved on the uploader instead
> as suggested by Alexis, means we need to be very careful about /not/
> looking too closely at what we put out.

Isn't part of Debian's charm the quality that we attempt to bring to the
packages that we publish?

How does our coorindation for things like py2->py3 impact our position
as publisher vs distributor?

Luca Filipozzi

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