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Re: RFC: Changing the NM system

Adrian Bunk <bunk@fs.tum.de> wrote:
> I want to suggest to change the way NM works.

Hmm, this topic seems to be quite popular these days, and I would
like to offer my opinions.  I am currently in the final stage of my
NM process (awaiting DAM approval), and I have been there since
Sep 1, 2000.  The DAM commented "need to find out what he cannot do
without being a maintainer" and everything comes to a halt.  The
goals I stated for joining Debian includes: work on the Chinese
translation of w.d.o and help with QA work for Chinese-specific
packages.  Okay, enough for background information...

> Another important thing: We trust every single developer:
> - We trust him when he signs the GPG key of a prospective developer.
> - A developer can make an upload for every single package in Debian.
>   We trust him that he doesn't do any harm.
> - Every Debian developer represents Debian (e.g. at exhibitions).

I believe that you must be very happy to know that Debian trusts
lots of people who are not developers/maintainers.  For example, I
now have write access to the w.d.o CVS tree through the chinese
account, which I got in May, to work on Chinese translations.  And
if you read the first paragraph of my post carefully, even the DAM
think there is nothing wrong with it.  It is official: packaging is
the only sexy part of Debian, and we cannot care less if it is some
Random J. Dummy authoring web contents for us.

Note: this is not a personal critic to Anthony Fok, the one who
supplied me with the access and is now acting as my AM.  It is not
his fault -- it is the system that needs to change.

-- Chuan-kai Lin

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