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Re: where do NEW packages go?

On Sun, 19 May 2002, Mark Brown wrote:

> Frankly, I would not be surprised if most of the people saying that
> have nothing wrong with Hurd and everything wrong with the pointless
> flamewars which seem to have been following it around recently.

Not as pointless as people may think.  Debian is being challenged to
examine its culture and this is never a comfortable process.

All organisations, including Debian, have a culture with certain values
and assumptions which its members are hardly aware of.  These assumptions
are built into manuals and procedures, written and unwritten.

The way I see it is that Debian's culture developed though being a
distribution of GNU/Linux.  It is now being challenged to see itself as a
distributor of free OS's, GNU/Linux, GNU/Hurd and the BSDs as equals.
This requires a culture shift.

IMHO, the target for the flames should be directed against the current
Debian GNU/Linux centred culture and not "cabals".  After all the Debian's
administrators reflect the current culture or they would not be allowed to

Don't look for a cabal when you are obstructed, the organisation's culture
is probably the problem.


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