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Re: Projectleader meeting Erkelenz

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On Sat, 18 Feb 2006 03:58:38 +0100
Knut Yrvin <knuty@skolelinux.no> wrote:

> Why I don't want to make the beginner guide mandatory is because 
> different people have different needs. We should encourage developers 
> to get excel to the Debian level, but we should also keep the
> threshold to be a developer as lo as possible, just to encourage
> people to learn and share new knowledge. If we make the level to
> high, we could make good contributors scared, and miss out people
> that really do good work. 

I perfectly agree :-)

I do however recommend that Skolelinux define in details what is
required to be part of the "Skolelinux cabal". Some technical
responsibilities, like releasing a CD image (judging from what sources
packages should be included) and subsequent package updates, require
high level of trust: Large networks rely on those actions.

Ideally, those technical judgements are done within Debian, but only
when the goal of becoming a true CDD (with everything within Debian) is
this doable: Debian developers has a GPG "ring of trust", which can be
used to digitally assure also the Debian-edu releases.

Until then, I recommend defining what is an official Skolelinux
release, who can issue a release, and how to become member of that
trusted group. Even if the answer is simply "do enough and others will
silently trust you to tasks like this" then I recommend it to be
explicitly documented somewhere, so users know what trust can be put in
such releases.

Don't get me wrong: I don't want Debian to "steal" the political
decision of when to release a new version of Skolelinux/Debian-Edu,
even when a CDD. I imagine that Debian in future releases releases
their generic distribution with Debian-edu (and Debian-med and other)
capabilities built-in but not the default, and Skolelinux decides for
themselves when to request releases of their specific Debian-edu CDD
(media containing only the stuff relevant for Skolelinux, and asking
only the Debian-edu install questions by default).

 - Jonas

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