Re: task & skills
On Sunday 03 December 2000 22:09, Neal H Walfield wrote:
> I am applying to become a Debian maintainer. At the moment, I am not
> interested in packaging anything. Period. I do not have the time and
> would rather exert myself elsewhere. Thus, should I not be made a Debian
> maintainer? Will you recommend my rejection?
My recommendation means nothing for you, but I am not sure if you are sure
why you want to become Debian maintaner.
> There is a lot more about debian then making packages. There is
> documentation, internationalization and debian internal projects such as
> dpkg, apt, the installer, boot floppies and others. These take more than
> a single person to code up and a list ends up as the maintainer of the
> resulting packages.
> How about the maintenance of the servers, is that not a worthy job? Or
> perhaps PR? The webpage?
> And finally, how about the ports? Are the Debian/BSD port or the
> Debian/Hurd port not in need of Debian people?
You have listed almost everything but you forgot lots of above works are
performed by regular maintaners. If I remember I wrote about Debian accounts,
in other word about a some technical aspect which is very useful if you want
to upload packages. Don't treat a Debian account like a diploma or laurels.
> The thing that bothers me the _most_ is that all of the tasks that I
> have listed take _way_ more effort than maintaining some package of
> the packages in our archive: many are updated a few times a year, if
So it means you are _very_ experienced in non-packaging and packaging Debian
work if you have such consolidated opinion. I am sorry but personally I can
not say what kind of Debian effort is bigger or more valuable.
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