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Re: GR: Selecting the default init system for Debian

I was going to write something longer about this, and I may still
depending on whether I feel like I have a useful way to present the
thoughts that are mingling in my head.  But I wanted to at least briefly
support Ian's point about a GR possibly being a more appropriate
decision-making process if the decision hinges on political rather than
technical grounds.  I don't want to pass the buck, and there's a lot to be
said for a small group of people doing a deep dive into an issue.  But if
this is more of a political question than a technical evaluation, the TC
is in a very awkward place (unelected, basically self-selected, etc.) to
be making political decisions for the project.

Ian Jackson <ijackson@chiark.greenend.org.uk> writes:

> I do think that the proper process is for the TC to make a decision at
> this stage.  The way I read the constitution and the context is that it
> is the TC's job.  Evidently you disagree.  But there are certainly
> things that some TC members are suggesting which would lead me myself to
> want to propose or sponsor a GR to overturn it.

As a TC member, I dislike the supermajority requirement for the project to
overturn a TC decision by GR, particularly in this case.  I think we would
all be extremely unhappy if the TC voted one way on the default init
system and the project then voted a different way by a 60% majority.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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