Re: Debian Stole My Name!
On Friday 10 October 2008, Michael Biebl wrote:
> Osamu Aoki wrote:
> > Hi,
> > On Fri, Oct 10, 2008 at 04:01:59PM +0800, paragasu wrote:
> >> maybethe debian installer do not permit you to use the username
> >> hal. Create any user. after the installer finish.. you can login
> >> and create user 'Hal' with
> >> adduser.. ;)
> > hal package have changed ...
> > hal (0.5.7.1-1) unstable; urgency=low
> > [ Sjoerd Simons ]
> > * New upstream release
> > * debian/hal.postinst,debian/hal.postrm,debian/rules: Rename the
> > hal daemon user to haldaemon (was hal)
> If debian-installer is still reserving the name "hal" for the hal
> package, then this should be fixed within debian-installer.
> Please file a bug against the "debian-installer" package.
Don't get me wrong, I love open source. I've contributed to several
projects with code, including doing a couple of my own projects. For
instance, I learned C++ just so I could write the code for LinuxICE
that controlled some HD radios through the USB port. I take FOSS into
consideration financially as well and there are some FOSS projects who
will also be quite thankful when I die and my will is read.
But I've learned, the hard way, NEVER file a bug report in a FOSS
project. I have several times and have yet to find one where the
developers were appreciative of the bug report. I'll go even farther:
In most cases they've been outright hostile and I've had times where
they've "told me off" to justify closing the bug.
I'm a geek to the core, but the stereotype of programmers or geeks that
have no social skills seems to come from something and my experience,
over the past 10 years or so of working with FOSS, tells me that filing
bug reports is just a good way to invite personal abuse.
I'd love to help in that way, but I tried it several times, making sure
I carefully describe the problem, the conditions under which it
occurred, and so on, and made sure I was not accusing but being
helpful, but I have *never* had a positive experience from filing a bug
report in a FOSS program.
I am, though, thankful that for reasons of my own that I won't go into
here, that when I filed reports I used my "second" name, which is a
legal alias. If I'm going to be flagellated by someone in a situation
where it could be Googled, I'd rather it be under my AKA than my birth
When I see evidence that filing bugs for FOSS won't result in developers
being irked there's a bug, then I'll start filing them again. I'm a
developer myself. I hate bugs, but on the other hand, I'm glad when
people point them out to me so I can clear them up.