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Re: Question to all candidates: DPL's role in important package maintenance

Dear Zack,

Thanks for the response.

On Sun, Mar 28, 2010 at 04:51:52PM +0200, Stefano Zacchiroli wrote:
> > My question to you is, do you envision a role for the DPL in fixing
> > such inadequate maintenance of important packages, or are you of the
> > opinion that is it up to the affected Debian "community" to stop
> > whining and step up with some action themselves?

> In the specific case you mention, I'm aware that Steve has tried to
> mediate at least in the form of offering resources to organize a F2F
> meeting with all involved people (as reported in the bug log), but
> unfortunately some of the involved parties did not reply to the
> offer. All this is TTBOMK, on all sides of the issues.

Probing further on this response of yours: The method adopted for
resolution of this conflict has, for better or for worse, happened
"behind-the-scenes". Now, some in the project feel that this is the
best way to avoid a conflagration of sorts, but others feel that this
"back channel" approach does not augur well for a project which
strives to adopt open procedures. Would you, as DPL, facilitate such
negotiations in the open (for instance, on a publicly viewable mailing
list), or under wraps?


"Linux: the operating system with a CLUE...
Command Line User Environment".
(seen in a posting in comp.software.testing)

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