Multimedia Teams in Debian
tim at 64studio.com
Sat Apr 26 15:32:44 UTC 2008
Felipe Sateler wrote:
> On Thursday 24 April 2008 08:36:52 Joost Yervante Damad wrote:
>> In my opinion the packages would be better served if they just had
>> individual maintainers assigned. This is one of the reasons I removed my
>> timidity package from the debian-multimedia team.
> I think packages would be better served by real team collaboration. What I saw
> was that d-m was just a place where people ask for a sponsor for
> multimedia-related packages instead of a place where people ask for (and
> receive) help maintaining their packages, which is what I think is more
> useful (does this happen in pkg-multimedia?).
My own position on this will always be pragmatic: let's do what keeps
the most up-to date versions of multimedia packages in Debian, which
seems to be a bit of both in practice. The 'official' position AFAIU is
that packages should be maintained by an individual DD. However I don't
think this is an argument against real team collaboration, for now I
would appreciate it if we could keep the discussion alive on
debian-multimedia. The fact is, also, that several of the packages are
maintained by non-DDs via sponsors and I for one am grateful for all
these efforts. I have had discussions with debian-qa types who have
tried to tell me that this is an abuse of the system, but I think it's
fairer to describe it as sub-optimal. So far, no-one has really tried to
make an issue of it, which is nice. I guess we're all reasonably
familiar with Debian politic.
I don't maintain any packages, so I'm not on pkg-multimedia-maintainers,
my understanding is that p-m-m *is* the place for actual collaborative
maintenance. I'm happy to do a bit of supportive admin, keep an eye on
qa issues and generally try to make sure everyone keeps communicating.
I'm also more than happy to lend a hand with non-programming issues such
as iconography and documentation if anyone would find that useful. I'm
open to constructive suggestions, as always.
Right now, I think the most important thing is to keep communicating and
focus on getting the maximum number of multimedia packages to build
cleanly on all architectures under lenny; and then to clearly deprecate
the rest. Are there any packages that we already *know* are dead? I'm
sad to lose tapiir and om (ingen), but I haven't found time to compile
them either and I guess that's how we sort the wheat from the chaff.
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