|Subject:||Re: MAINTAINERS file|
|Date:||Fri, 07 Mar 2008 18:27:35 -0800|
|User-agent:||Thunderbird 188.8.131.52 (X11/20060808)|
Juanma Barranquero wrote:|
Perhaps so, but on the other hand, many a project, some of them quite big, have been able to select a dVCS without spending a year arguing or failing into any trap.
Sure, and, mostly the same way: the boss(es) just pick one,
somewhat arbitrarily but perhaps with some intuition about
what will work out.
Bad choices of X happen but, they tend to get ironed out well so when it comes time to pick an X, there's no great reason to spend too much time deliberating over it.There's a difference between "not [...] to spend too much time" and not spending time at all.
Sure. I'm not trying to argue with you -- just interpret for you and
maybe help you feel more comfortable with the decision.
There's some arbitrary amount of time to think about it. Then some
best-guess decision. GNU tends to work by, when such infathomable
problems arise, let RMS roll the dice, so to speak: he times and makes
the "impossible" choices. In this case, ESR, bless his heart, seems to have
prompted quite a few list members to go back and refresh their
perspective on dvcs and spout some observations and opinions. So,
RMS got a fair amount of input. No one "argument in favor of system
X" has obviously prevailed or obviously could prevail but the decision
wasn't taken in a vacuum.
The harsh version of the interpretation might be "Well, GNU is
RMS' project so it's his call. Like or lump it." I'm just trying to point
out that that's not a crazy policy because, in calling for a different
approach to the decision, you're suggesting a (pretty radical) change
(Maybe, though, it is about time for a new task list and "vision sketch" of a complete GNU. For example, an effort could be made to assemble a candidate FSF/GNU distribution with the expectation that the effort will fail, but will yield a list of what work remains to be done.)That would be interesting.
Thanks. I think so, too.
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