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Re: unauthorized upload of xfree86 4.3.0-1 to unstable

On Fri, Jan 30, 2004 at 11:38:16AM +1300, Mike Beattie wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 29, 2004 at 11:11:12AM -0500, Branden Robinson wrote:
> > I have felt consistently under pressure to do 2 things:
> > 
> > 1) release xfree86 4.3.0-1 to sid ASAP
> > 2) delegate responsibility ASAP
> > 
> > Very few actions serve both goals at once, so time spent on one is,
> > obviously, time not spent on the other.
> If you'd pulled your head out of no particular place, you'd see that if you
> delegated to Daniel in the first instance, you would have achieved both
> goals... But that's said with a certain degree of naivety.
> > The repo can scale as long as we have people willing and able to
> > maintain things.  As the frequency of your contributions to
> > branches/4.3.0/sid has decreased, I have had to take up the slack.
> Wow, what an incredibly prickish thing to say. I had the understanding that
> this was a *volunteer* organisation, and that no-one should have to pick up
> the slack from any one other person, let alone attempt to guilt trip them
> for it.

I think you're ill-informed, offbase, and making invalid inferences.

I did not and do not expect Mr. Stone to have done any more work than he
has done, which is considerable.  But as long as I am the package
maintainer, I feel a responsibility to get Debian packages of 4.3.0
ready.  Other people have been tremendously helpful in this regard, but
when I accepted maintainership of our XFree86 packages almost 6 years
ago, I understood this to mean that I committed to (at the very least)
overseeing the preparation of new upstream releases to unstable, or
doing it myself.

Simply not working on it myself because Daniel Stone had other
(important, as I recall) demands on his volunteer time was not an option
I was willing to exercise.

Sure, I could have simply let branches/4.3.0/sid drop on the floor.  I
chose not to, because I feel a responsibility to the rest of the
Project, and to our users, not to do so.

That I am a volunteer does not mean I treat the time I spend on the
Debian Project as a lark, or something to idle away the time with when I
cannot occupy myself with something that bores me less.  Your own
approach may differ.

G. Branden Robinson                |     What influenced me to atheism was
Debian GNU/Linux                   |     reading the Bible cover to cover.
branden@debian.org                 |     Twice.
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |     -- J. Michael Straczynski

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