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

From: Ineiev
Subject: Re: [Savannah-hackers-public] requirements of a new project in GNU Savannah
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:30:41 +0000

Hello, Assaf;

On 08/12/2014 10:08 PM, Assaf Gordon wrote:
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...

Just a datapoint:

I think freedom is the most important quality; if a package is free,
it's generally good [0].

In particular, my only real package submission [1] may have been (barely)
functional, but it wasn't very simple to build (it needed a cross-compiler),
and even harder to test (it run on a custom board). I'm not sure whether
it would pass the prospective criterion, but there is no doubt it was
very important for me, personally.


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