Re: Q to all candidates: what is the long-term role of traditional Linux distributions?
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On 4/2/19 3:22 PM, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> Given these upstream shifts, is attempting to package as much
> software as possible something that actually benefits Debian and
> our users, or is it something that brings us a duplication of
> effort? If we spent time on building tooling to automatically
> identify that (say) installed Go applications that contain
> dependencies with security vulnerabilities and alert users, would
> that be time better spent than independendly packaging and
> maintaining those dependencies ourselves? Are our current
> priorities the best way to serve the free software community over
> the next 10 years? Would we be better off focusing Debian as a
> high-quality base for users who then largely consume software from
> other sources?
+1 to all of Matthew's questions, and I would add a few more from a
How do you think motivations and incentives have changed, are changing
or will change for contributors to Debian in a world where distros no
longer mean what they used to?
If tools, policies and/or processes weren't a source of frustration
for contributors, do you think they would still disengage from the
project because they want to package software/be the subject matter
expert for said software?
Do you think Debian should focus more on the derivatives as users
rather than individual end users only? And if so, connecting to the
first Q, how would you manage new people being attracted to the
project and some current contributors feeling de-energized about it?
These are essentially the same question and I'm not expecting
candidates to pretend they can control people's feelings. I'm glad
Matthew brought this topic up and that we're having all of these
conversations as part of the campaign.
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