[Date Prev][Date Next] [Thread Prev][Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

Re: sid: libc6-2.2.5-4 kills vmware workstation 3.0

Hash: SHA1

> On Mon, Apr 08, 2002 at 11:47:42PM +0200, Jeroen Dekkers wrote:
> > It's your own fault. You choosed to run non-free software, now you get
> > the consequences. Debian doesn't support vmware, so go somewhere else
> > with your vmware problems. (Debian does support plex86 and bochs, BTW)
> >
> > Jeroen Dekkers

I find this attitude highly offensive and unconscionable, particularly
coming from someone who is not even a developer (yet).  Debian's focus
*is* free software, but I don't believe that warrants a publicly
antagonistic stance towards users of other types of software.

Computers are not philosophical weapons; they are tools, and as such they
must exibit pragmatic value to at least some percentage of their users.
Frequently, this utility comes via the use of programs that are not part
of, nor will ever be part of Debian.  Discouraging those who have a need
for such tools does nothing but harm Debian.  As a project member, it
makes me embarassed to see this sort of reply to an honest technical
question.  Personally, Jeroen's attitude makes me consider leaving the
project and spending my cycles where I don't have to live in fear of being
lynched by the fundamentalist Free Software Right every time I use my

Developers can advocate applicants, but I'm not familiar with a method to
express reluctance concerning an applicant.  I'd like to request that the
DAM to reconsider Jeroen Dekkers' application for new maintainership, and
potentially place that application on hold for a period of time to further
assess the signal-to-noise his membership represents to Debian.  I believe
that his immaturity is detrimental to the project.

tony mancill

P.S.  Please cc: me on replies - I'm not currently subscribed to this

  tony@mancill.com     |  An ounce of perception,
http://www.debian.org  |     a pound of obscure...
                       |        (Peart)
Version: GnuPG v1.0.6 (GNU/Linux)
Comment: For info see http://www.gnupg.org


To UNSUBSCRIBE, email to debian-newmaint-request@lists.debian.org
with a subject of "unsubscribe". Trouble? Contact listmaster@lists.debian.org

Reply to: