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Re: [gNewSense-users] Re: Make MIPS gNewSense from Debian packages

From: Paul O'Malley - gnu's not unix -
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Re: Make MIPS gNewSense from Debian packages
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2008 22:14:14 +0000
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Sam Geeraerts wrote:
Daniel Clark wrote:
Koh Choon Lin wrote:
I'm not going to try to tell the devs which to choose.  However, I will
say that when I was a GNU/Linux newbie, I tried Debian before Ubuntu
with less than successful results.  Since then, I think Debian has
become more newbie-friendly, though (e.g. adding a graphical installer).
How would the issue of deciding the starting platform be settled?
Debian-way a la by voting?

We probably need to formalize how decisions like this are made - I'd be
fine with just copying Debian's way of doing it, with perhaps veto power
for the FSF campaigns team (rms/mattl/peterb/johns - not me) so no
changes could ever be made that would cause gNewSense to become non-FSF

Is Debian's way of doing it: every Debian Developer gets a vote? Then what would the criteria for getting a vote in the gNewSense community be?

nothing has been decided, however two things to note

First up:

As much as I hate to say this, in Debian - really hard things do not get decided one way or the other fudge might be the best word for it see the binary firmware issue. It could be a binary decision (A) do it or (B) don't and make changes to dfsg to go with this decision however they choose option (C) do nothing and it comes around next time as well.

Second up:
I would only consider that people who actually do code get to contribute to that space, and it still needs to be monitored for freedom. Voting ... not sure I am happy with that, this is a specialist project with a very very specific goal, I would not like to give people power to possibly dilute that.


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