proposal: new guidelines for rule makers

Hans de Goede j.w.r.degoede at
Sun Jun 3 08:23:34 UTC 2007

Josh Boyer wrote:
> On Sun, 2007-06-03 at 02:30 +0200, Hans de Goede wrote:
>> Rahul Sundaram wrote:
>>> Hans de Goede wrote:
>>>> Hi all,
>>>> <humor, with a serious undertone>
>>>> Since those making packaging guidelines and other rules seem to be out 
>>>> of touch with the workfloor these days I would like to propose the 
>>>> following guideline for rulemakers:
>>>> Those making guidelines / rules within the Fedora project must 
>>>> actively maintain atleast 30 packages.
>>>> Rationale: How can one make rules if one isn't involved in that which 
>>>> is regulated oneself?
>>>> </humor>
>>> Packaging guidelines also cover licensing details which isn't connected 
>>> to workflow.  There are several other policies within the guidelines 
>>> which involve some amount of politics (kernel modules anyone?). This 
>>> rule would mean that everybody who proposes any drafts, folks in the 
>>> packaging committee and FESCo would have to maintain 30 packages.
>> Yes it would, and that would be a good thing! Let the people building the 
>> distro decide how it is build! As for licensing issues, since RH is paying 
>> mosts of the bills at the end RH decided what is okay licensing wise, and to me 
>> they have earned that right, because "paying the bills" == "building the distro"
> I don't want to misinterpret what you're saying here, so I'll ask you
> straight out.
> Are you suggesting that because I do not maintain 30 packages I am
> unqualified to be a member of FESCo?

You're taking me to serious here, notice the <humor> at the top of the original 
post. I've no intention to actually try and instantiate such a rule. I'm 
however woried that there seems to be a growing drift between the rule makers 
within Fedora and those running the primary process.



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