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Re: Proposal: Reaffirm our commitment to support portability and multiple implementations


Am Samstag, 30. November 2019 schrieb Guillem Jover:
> Hi!
> I think the current GR is incorrectly framing the problem at hand,
> as if it was just an init system selection. It seems to me, that an
> init system is in principle just one of the many technologies we ship
> and integrate. But at least when it comes to systemd, choosing that in
> detriment to anything else, has a cascading effect of deciding on and
> closing doors on a wide range of technologies which have been declared
> incompatible by systemd upstream or by those other technologies.
> For example the claims on "cross-distribution standards and
> cooperation", are pretty much restricted to GNU/Linux (glibc-based),
> not even say musl-based systems, or many other variations. systemd
> provides many nice features, but at the same time, as with any
> software, not all of them fit or are sufficient for all use cases or
> requirements, and people do want or have to use alternatives for many
> valid reasons.
> I'm thus proposing the following:
> ----X<----
> Title: Reaffirm our commitment to support portability and multiple implementations
> The Debian project reaffirms its commitment to be the glue that binds
> and integrates different software that provides similar or equivalent
> functionality, with their various users, be them humans or other software,
> which is one of the core defining traits of a distribution.
> We consider portability to different hardware platforms and software
> stacks an important aspect of the work we do as a distribution, which
> makes software architecturally better, more robust and more future-proof.
> We acknowledge that different upstream projects have different views on
> software development, use cases, portability and technology in general.
> And that users of these projects weight tradeoffs differently, and have
> at the same time different and valid requirements and/or needs fulfilled
> by these diverse views.
> Following our historic tradition, we will welcome the integration of
> these diverse technologies which might sometimes have conflicting
> world-views, to allow them to coexist in harmony within our distribution,
> by reconciling these conflicts via technical means, as long as there
> are people willing to put in the effort.
> This enables us to keep serving a wide range of usages of our distribution
> (some of which might be even unforeseen by us). From servers, to desktops
> or deeply embedded; from general purpose to very specifically tailored
> usages. Be those projects hardware related or software based, libraries,
> daemons, entire desktop environments, or other parts of the software
> stack.
> ----X<----
> Thanks,
> Guillem


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