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Re: PR work

Martin Schulze <joey@infodrom.org> writes:
> Marc 'HE' Brockschmidt wrote:
>> Alexander Schmehl <tolimar@debian.org> writes:
>> > * Marc 'HE' Brockschmidt <he@ftwca.de> [060308 09:09]:
>> >> I know that some non-Debian people actually ask questions like "I
>> >> heard Debian has split and is dead, what will happen in the future?"
>> >> From time to time, just because Debian's PR work sucks so much.
>> > Any hints, ideas and feedback what we could improve in our PR work?
>> More information about the status of the next release, for example.
>> Looking at the archives of debian-announce, I see that since 2000, the
>> number of messages per year has gone down constantly. 
>> Nowadays, the only messages we see there are announcing a new point
>> release or a notice about big *problems* in the project ("Debian
>> Security Support in Place", "Some Debian Project machines have been
>> compromised").
> Don't forget that we have debian-news *and* debian-announce, while
> only high-priority announcements are sent to debian-announce.

Why do we have that distinction? Both lists are very low-traffic, with
approximately one mail per week.

>> Couldn't we just put something nice there? Like news that actually show
>> how alive Debian is, reporting about new, shiny software packages in
>> testing, with xxxtra-bling! Seriously, good press work isn't when you
>> send out a "hrm, still not dead" notice every three of four months.
> Yes.  Real news should be announced.  However, what you wrote as
> examples doesn't even sound suitable for debian-news to me.

Well, it was early and I was nearly asleep. But a summary of the release
updates which are directed to -devel-announce would be nice, for
example, giving an overview what has been done for the next release and
what still needs to be done. That would also, and that's an important
point IMO, give users an impression what improvements will be included
in the next Debian release. At the moment, you can only find something
out about that if you use resources mainly provided for developers.

Cabal theories right: https://launchpad.net/distros/debian/+members
Security is for wimps: https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+bug/34606/
Film at 11!

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