GNOME, Slackware, Ubuntu
sparkes at westmids.biz
Sat Jan 15 13:46:17 CST 2005
Martin-Éric Racine wrote:
> My first unix was MiNT on an Atari TT030.
wicked, I always wanted one of these. At the time I had a 286 and a
bunch of obsolete machines and failed to get Minix installed on any of
them (in fact I still have a bunch of obsolete machines) but once I had
a 386 (followed quickly by a 486) the linux journey began. I must
confess to attempting to use SCO for a while/ I still have SCO running
on a DEC thing that is so heavy I couldn't move it if I tried.
> However, I've never been totally satisfied with Debian, largely because
> some package maintainers are needlessly agressive and stubborn individuals
> who refuse to acknowledge the common good of end-users, instead insisting
> on producing packages that exclusively catter to their own selfish needs.
I don't think anyone would argue that some debian maintainers are
obsinent but they do produce working packages for a wide range of
software almost exclusivly in their spare time and deserve all the
praise they get given. They constantly amaze me that such a large
project is even possible in such an open fashion.
I still run Debian on at least 3 architectures and we wouldn't have
Ubuntu without such an excellent starting point. Not least because
that's where the developers where hand picked from.
I've considered becoming a debian package maintainer on several
occasions but have been put off by a couple of people I 100% can't see
eye to eye with who are very vocal until one friend said I just ignore
some people and keep my head down and maintain my packages. Excellent
advice but difficult when you're as arsey as I can be ;-)
I'm currently thinking about backporting some ubuntu packages to sid so
my sparc can run a similar setup to my laptops so I might go through the
maintainer process eventully.
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