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Re: Deficiencies in Debian

On Thu, 10 May 2007 13:42:37 -0700, Russ Allbery wrote:

> >> There are other things
> >> that *are* signs of fundamental deficiencies in the project,
> > Would you mind to elaborate on this point, I'm really interested in
> > your opinion.
> The biggest problem with most open source / free software projects that
> I've been involved in is the bottleneck around evaluating and accepting
> infrastructural improvements.  

Thanks alot for your detailed and at the same time succinct reply.

Your analysis and conclusions look very logical to me; just a few

> There isn't any silver bullet solution.  If there was, we probably would
> have taken it already.  Some projects do better with it than others.
> Linux does a relatively good job here.  

I'm not following the Linux community closely; do you think there are
points Debian could adopt or learn from?

> I think Debian does very well here in some areas and not as well in
> others, but Debian suffers from those structural flaws around finding a
> way to train the next group, relieve load and stress on core contributors,
> and still ensure that changes to the infrastructure are audited with the
> detail and care that is indicated.  There have been improvements by fits
> and starts in the past few months, and I don't think any of this is news
> to anyone.

Maybe working out what are the achievements and the deficiences in
detail could provide a way for improvement.
> In a workplace environment, this sort of thing is often addressed by
> putting mentoring and staff development on the performance goals of senior
> staff and freeing up time that they're supposed to dedicate to training
> and documentation.  Debian doesn't have that luxury,

Hm, maybe that sounds naïve, but what about thinking about a way to
adopt strategies of mentoring, development, fine graining roles (job
descriptions, mutual agreements, appraisal&evaluation, ...) , etc.
to F/LOSS in general and Debian in particular?

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