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Re: Crush 2.0 abandoned

Health comes first, thank you for your great work. Your ideas might ease
life for embedded development in the future.
Also I personally appreciate that you always gave very good support on
this mailing list.

On Wed, 2009-08-05 at 07:06 +0100, Neil Williams wrote:
> For reasons of ill health, I am forced to reduce my Emdebian workload
> substantially. This means that I will be focusing on Grip and no longer
> driving any development of cross-building support in Debian or Emdebian
> Crush.
> This is *not* open for debate or negotiation, any pleas or complaints
> are only likely to make my future contributions smaller. The decision
> has been hard enough as it is, I don't need people nagging me or trying
> to persuade me to change my mind. I must reduce my total workload by at
> least one to two hours every single day and that has consequences. I
> simply no longer have time to work on Crush 2.0 and that's final. (I
> have been pointing out that this was a possible outcome for months. Two
> weeks in hospital just forced my hand.)
> There is now no realistic chance of Emdebian Crush being released
> alongside Debian 6.0 (squeeze). Even if someone does step up now, it is
> most likely too late as the amount of work required means that any
> volunteers will need to be up to speed almost immediately and I don't
> have time to answer huge numbers of queries on what needs to be done.
> Most of the issues are described on the EmdebianCodeAudit pages on the
> wiki, the rest you'll find out for yourself when you start building
> stuff.
> There is also little realistic chance that cross-building support in
> general will improve, indeed it is likely that unless someone takes
> over, it will only get worse.
> I'm looking for co-maintainers (who should already be Debian
> Developers, not just because of the uploads but because of the breadth
> of experience necessary when coping with all the varied build systems
> within Debian) of core Emdebian packages too:
> apt-cross
> dpkg-cross
> emdebian-tools
> 	(not emdebian-grip or emdebian-archive-keyring)
> emdebian-rootfs (possibly, although I'll keep developing multistrap).
> Necessarily, co-maintainers also need good perl skills and will need to
> have commit access to the Emdebian SVN repo (ask Wookey for that).
> emdebian-rootfs requires good perl, bash and POSIX shell skills.
> I'll file RFH bugs against these packages in the next few days, as well
> as announcing the change on debian-devel.
> On a positive note, this does mean that Grip development will pick up
> and that a much wider range of packages will be available in Grip 2.0.

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