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Re: Broken/Obsolete packages - I think we can do better.



On Wed, 18 Aug 2010 13:56:44 -0500 (CDT) "Timothy Legg"
<debianuser@timothylegg.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> 
> I wish to bring up something that bothers me.
> 
> I just installed a stable Debian package that advertises to perform
> so many wonderful tasks, but in reality, it does little more than
> provide an attractive graphical interface for a segmentation fault.

Have you:

1) Filed a bug report?
2) Checked if the newer fixed version is in unstable?
3) If (2), have you tried contributing a backport for Lenny?
4) If not (2), have you tried contributing a newer version to
   unstable?

Open source software is not about some mysterious distant group of
people who give you good things. It is about every irritated user who
finds something wrong fixing it so that no one else ever has to fix
it again. In the world of closed source software, the users can't fix
problems for each other. In the world of open source, they can.

Phrased differently, an open source project is you, it isn't them. If
there is a problem, you have as much opportunity (and indeed
responsibility) for fixing it as anyone else.

Rather than waiting for someone else to fix this for you, fix it
for everyone. At the very least, file a bug report.

-- 
Perry E. Metzger		perry@piermont.com


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