on package duplication between Debian and debian-multimedia

Stefano Zacchiroli leader at debian.org
Thu May 31 09:41:54 UTC 2012

Thanks for your answer. It's a pity, though, that you didn't comment on
two important parts of our previous communications:

1) The fact that moving to "deb-multimedia.org" won't really solve the
   duplication of effort issues and, more importantly, the issues of
   *users* who are using both your repository and the Debian archive.
   Looking from the outside, it really seem you're more interested in
   keeping your repository alive, no matter the name, than in solving
   those issues. You're in your own right to do so and I'm not entitled
   to judge it in any way. But I can't help finding that to be a pity:
   working together we can reduce user issues and have overall better
   feelings between you and pkg-multimedia-maintainers. Please

2) The donation issue. Can you please add the disclaimers that have been
   discussed in this thread?

On Tue, May 22, 2012 at 04:37:49PM +0200, Christian Marillat wrote:
> > In the meantime, and considering your intention of moving away from
> > debian-multimedia.org, I'd like to ask you to transfer the old domain
> > name to a Debian Trusted Organization, such as SPI or FFIS. We can agree
> > on a timeline of, say, 6 months and we will be happy to use it as you
> > please until that time period is over.
> As I don't want to be bothered, I don't intent to transfert the domain
> name. I'll delete the DNS entries in six months and not renew the domain
> name.

Well, you are still a Debian Developer and I was hoping you could take
into account that you not wanting to be bothered will result in more
work for the Debian Project and its peers, in particular by SPI and
myself (or future DPLs) as coordinator:

procedure 1

- SPI will need to race for registering it after expiration
- if that works, fine, but still someone has to keep an eye on that and
  get the timing right
- if that doesn't work, we will have to do arbitration, which we will
  easily win due to the debian trademark, but it will still cost Debian
  money and SPI lawyers time (pro bono time, which could better be used
  for the needs of other free sw projects supported by SPI)

All this could be avoided, by you, in a very simple way:

procedure 2

- you set the domain as "transfer allowed" and mail the Auth-Code to
  hostmaster at spi-inc.org
- when you get a transfer mail from the registrar, you click on a link

Procedure 2 will bother (you), but procedure 1 potentially results in
way more wasted resources by many other actors. Would you mind

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