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[Savannah-hackers-public] requirements of a new project in GNU Savannah

From: Assaf Gordon
Subject: [Savannah-hackers-public] requirements of a new project in GNU Savannah
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:08:03 -0400
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Hello Savannah Hackers,

Re: discussion regarding whether a project submitted to GNU Savannah should be 
functional, or at least be built successfully.
(Started with email exchange with Karl Berry, and I'm adding the list at Karl's 

While reviewing a recent project submission, I commented that I couldn't get 
the project to build because I'm not sure what are the required packages.

Karl commented:
On 08/12/2014 05:22 PM, Karl Berry wrote:
In general, it's not necessary that a package compile, let alone
work, to be enabled on savannah.

The crucial thing is, as I guess you know, that the dependencies all
be free software.

To which I replied:
<... snip... >
As a general policy, with so many other possibilities for the
general public to host their software elsewhere, wouldn't GNU
Savannah prefer to raise the bar and hosts projects that at least
preset some level of useability?

With the administration resources already [spread] so thin, adding a
new 'ghost' project that doesn't work or compile doesn't really "add
value" to free software...
 Wouldn't you want to encourage good projects and discourage bad ones?
let other services host those  projects...

Now, continuing the discussion on the mailing-list...

- Assaf.

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