rethinking patch management with GIT / topgit
srivasta at acm.org
Wed Mar 31 03:34:01 UTC 2010
On Tue, Mar 30 2010, Enrico Weigelt wrote:
>> > Yes, I push it to those who are naturally responsible.
>> > The term "distro" comes from distribution, not feature development.
>> > These are two fundamentally different issues.
>> If you think that distributions do not develop, innovate, or
>> are full participants in the free software community, you definition of
>> distrbution does not match mine.
> Please differenciate between people and roles. If you're in the
> role of a packager, your job is to create an automatically
> installable package for your distro, out of your upstream -
> nothing more, nothing less. Of course, you - as a person - can
> (and should) also take part in core development. But that's a
> completely different role, which implies different constraints
> and workflows.
This is not how I define a Debian developer. We are not Debian
Pacakgers -- and we do much more than just pull things into a
tarball. Debian *DEVELOPERS* are just that -- a full member of the
community, helping develop software, including features that might only
be possible for Debian, because of polices that one may rely on in
Trying to separate out hats at this stage is more work than is
worth the effort. And thus I carry feature branches until upstream
takes them, or, forever, if the feature takes advantage of Debian
I suspect other distribution developers might fall into this
camp. Turning Nelsons eye to such folks does not seem like a path to
An apology for the devil: it must be remembered that we have heard only
one side of the case. God has written all the books.
Manoj Srivastava <srivasta at acm.org> <http://www.golden-gryphon.com/>
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