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Re: Claiming the "debian" account on GitHub ?

"Thijs Kinkhorst" <thijs@debian.org> writes:

> On Thu, June 14, 2012 16:56, Stefano Zacchiroli wrote:
> > On Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 09:31:39AM +0900, Charles Plessy wrote:
> >> I have not added links to their competitors, as I think that it
> >> would be bad taste, but yes, I invite every developer to consider
> >> Free alternatives such as Gitorious or Branchable.
> >
> > To be blunt, I think that our advocacy for software freedoms is more
> > important than good taste.
> I'm surprised by this dichotomy. It seems perfectly well possible to
> both operate in good taste and advocate software freedoms.

It's not a dichotomy: the two aren't mutually exclusive.

But the two sometimes conflict. I agree with Stefano that, in such
cases, software freedom advocacy should have priority in actions of the
Debian Project.

> > Given how you worded the README (i.e. along the lines of "some of
> > the software we work with is already on GitHub..."), it would be
> > entirely appropriate to recommend favoring Gitorious, Branchable or
> > similar services over GitHub.
> I find this indeed not in good taste.

So this is a case where good taste and forthright advocacy are in
conflict. I think Stefano is correct that good taste is the lesser
concern here, and that having the README refer directly to free services
for the job is the right thing to do.

 \        “You don't change the world by placidly finding your bliss — |
  `\        you do it by focusing your discontent in productive ways.” |
_o__)                                       —Paul Z. Myers, 2011-08-31 |
Ben Finney

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