[arch-dev-public] Status Report: 2007-11-05

Paul Mattal paul at mattal.com
Thu Nov 8 15:57:30 EST 2007

Aaron Griffin wrote:
> On Nov 8, 2007 1:52 PM, Paul Mattal <paul at mattal.com> wrote:
>> James Rayner wrote:
>>>> I vote for a), because:
>>>> 1) I don't think we should make decisions for the TU community. They
>>>> operate quite well relatively self-sufficiently, and I don't think
>>>> devs should start putting packages in [community] if they aren't
>>>> part of that community.
>>>> 2) It will encourage us to make a choice to commit to some packages
>>>> as a distro. This is a good thing. I still don't know what packages
>>>> are okay to put in [extra] and which are not, and I'd like to have a
>>>> repo I can put any package in that I'm willing to stake my
>>>> reputation on ([crust]) and later see it voted into fuller support
>>>> ([mantle]) if there's consensus.
>>> I kinda agree. I don't think we need to make any change though. I think
>>> the split works well as it is... from my point of view:
>>> [extra] - we provide a higher level of 'support' and are typically more
>>> important packages than those in [community]. (gnome, soffice, openbox..
>>> more popular things). More support as we have [testing], more integrated
>>> developer group, priority on bug tracker, more attention etc.
>>> [community] - lesser level of support. _Typically_ less
>>> popular/important/more niche (niche packages, special interest, slightly
>>> less popular)
>>> Exceptions are allowed, as some developers will maintain some "personal"
>>> packages in [extra] that may be "better" in [community], as this is more
>>> convenient for them. Consider it a perk of being a developer.
>> But you must admit, by doing what you suggest, we aren't doing my
>> #1. We're making decisions about a repo that really doesn't belong
>> to us and risking upsetting the delicate balance between TU and
>> developer communities.
> Not necessarily. Perhaps we just participate in the community repo as
> if we were TUs, we don't need to set ourselves up in the "king" roles.

Okay, but developers wishing to contribute must abide by the rules, 
then, and be on the mailing list, vote, etc. Keep in mind that we 
can be removed as TUs at any time, and our access to community 
revoked, just like any other TU:


- P

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