Re: NM process reasons
On Wed, 27 Sep 2000, Julian Gilbey wrote:
> I was asked by one of my applicants why Debian is unlike other OSS
> projects, requiring an identification and philosophy check, etc. I
> explained to him the reasons as I see them, but I think it would be a
> good idea to put them on the front page of the NM corner
> (http://www.debian.org/devel/join/newmaint), immediately after the
> "Contents" section. Something like (only in sketch form today):
Good idea ;-)
> Why does Debian require the NM process?
> - developers have to be trusted: root on lots of boxes, no automatic
> peer review or checking of uploads, etc.
> - developers much more independent than in a "single piece of
> software" project
> - so big mistakes or malice are in general much more serious than in a
> small OSS project
> - so Debian needs to attempt to ensure that potential developers are
> competent and identifiable -> accountable.
- To assure the Debian community that accepted applicants agree with our
principles and goals, reducing the contention over these issues.
- Because one person can no longer do the job, some "proceedures" become
necessary to assure others in the process that the necessary steps have
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