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Re: Standardization, large scale changes, innovations

On Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 11:16:01AM +0200, Raphael Hertzog wrote:
> On Thu, 25 Mar 2010, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> >         What did you say? What difference does it make what tool is used
> >  when the result is equal?
> It doesn't make a difference for a the end-user, but it makes a difference
> to contributors who have to learn a set of tools in order to be able to
> contribute on a set of packages. If the set of tools to learn is smaller,
> it's easier for the contributor to contribute to more packages and he has
> to spend less time learning, time that can be better spent on improving
> the package and on fixing bugs.

Is "making things easy for newcomers or casual helpers" really so
important that we should risk scaring already active people away
because they have to adapt their optimized workflow for newcomers?

I can understand Manoj perfectly and would myself probably reduce my
time spent on Debian even more if I were forced to do things more
complicated (or even just different) because of some new policy. This
is a first-class motivation killer for the people who are already there.


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