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Re: Proposal - preserve freedom of choice of init systems

Hi Matthew,

Your rationale does not explain how the normal policy process has failed to 
deliver the outcomes required by the project. I think the project should 
require a very clear explanation as to why it should interfere in this 
process. At least one policy editor and the relevant maintainers have 
already been working on this and the process is in no way deadlocked. Given 
that, I can't see any reason why this work should be disrupted. 

If you do have a rationale for pressing forward on this GR, then you should 
also note that the wording in this proposed resolution is poorly constructed 
quite simply because some of the issues that are very clearly articulated in 
#727708 have been ignored [0]. 

The worst problem is that the particular wording here fails the "someone 
should do something" test -- that's not how Debian or Free Software works at 
all. If no-one has a particular itch to actually sit down and write an 
alternative implementation, then the work doesn't get done. Demanding, as 
the proposed text does, that some future and unnamed group of people must do 
some work is doomed. At least the absence of volunteers to declassify 
debian-private mails doesn't make packages RC buggy.

Perhaps all our energies would be better spent fixing real bugs rather than 
arguing about hypothetical ones? It would be disappointing for us to waste 
yet more time and energy on this matter rather than actually concentrating 
on making a great release. Feel free to pick any of the 300ish RC bugs in 
jessie if you need some suggestions.


[0] And I don't think it's unreasonable to assume that the proposers of GRs 
on this issue would have read this information carefully.

Stuart Prescott    http://www.nanonanonano.net/   stuart@nanonanonano.net
Debian Developer   http://www.debian.org/         stuart@debian.org
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