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OT Re: Debian Science Policy (was: adding mpich to pkg-scicomp)

I subscribed to debian-science in order to lurk to learn about the 
state of free software for various scientific endeavors. Now it
appears to be a window on the internal politics of Debian. 

>From poking around the web looking for answers to questions that
I had, I picked up the idea that 'alioth' was the name of a server
within the debian collection of servers. Now it appears to be an
organization - with human members, and human goal, and ambitions.
I hesitate to do a Google search for fear that the hits that I get
will be seriously misleading because of human special pleading.

Where is there an official Debian statement of what Alioth is?
Or is it, like the 19th century Free Masons, a secret organization?
With a secret handshake? And other dark things? ;-)

On 2009-01-26_1850.12, Daniel Leidert wrote:
> Forwarding to debian-science for general discussion
> Am Montag, den 26.01.2009, 16:58 +0100 schrieb Sylvestre Ledru:
> > > Eventually pkg-scicomp will merge with debian-science in a near future
> > > and become a  sub-project Hopefully
> > > we will discuss that soon
> > Glad you are still considering it. ;)
> > 
> > In order to simplify the packaging in the team, we wrote a policy for
> > Debian Science:
> This is *not* the policy of Debian Science! Debian Science does not have
> any packaging policy and will hopefully never have one. Being part of
> Debian Science just requires to care about scientific packages or
> related goals. It will (and must) *never* require to follow any
> packaging policy except the Debian policy and it also must not require
> to join Alioth!
> ...

Paul E Condon           

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