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Re: Experimental branch for GRUB

From: Robert Millan
Subject: Re: Experimental branch for GRUB
Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2009 14:45:11 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.18 (2008-05-17)

On Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 03:08:37PM +0100, Colin Watson wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 03:45:28PM +0200, Robert Millan wrote:
> > 
> > I think building deb from snapshots of this experimental branch is a good
> > idea, and it can be done in any place you see fit, BUT if a proprietary
> > solution is used, the GNU project can't endorse those (e.g. we wouldn't
> > link to them).  I haven't followed the latest developments on which parts
> > of Launchpad have been liberated.
> Launchpad is entirely free software now (contrary to an earlier plan you
> may have heard of which involved holding back a couple of components;
> that plan was later discarded). I haven't thought much about whether it
> would be actively better for GRUB development, but I don't think there's
> an ideological reason preventing it nowadays.

Thank you Colin for clarifiing this.  Then I have no objection with endorsing
binary packages built with this service.

(A different question is whether we would consider them official; but this
depends on whether they originate from an official source tree, not on which
facility was used to build them)

> I'd be overjoyed to make use of Bazaar for GRUB development; I use it
> for as many Ubuntu projects as possible, and these days for most of my
> personal projects too since it generally does a good job of not getting
> in my way. It would be easiest to do so if the Debian source package
> were maintained in it too, as a straightforward branch of the
> appropriate upstream revision; that way, it would be possible to simply
> 'bzr merge' changes.

Slightly off-topic, but let's ignore that just this time ;-)

Speaking as Debian maintainer, I have no objection to it.  However, Felix
would have to agree as well.  I'm fine with staying with SVN in the Debian
package too.

Robert Millan

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