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posted by LaminatorX on Wednesday October 08 2014, @01:33AM   Printer-friendly
from the needs-a-systemd-port dept.

According to an email sent to the Debian debian-devel-announce mailing list by Adam D. Barratt, the Debian GNU/kFreeBSD port is in grave danger of being dropped from the upcoming Debian 8 "Jessie" release. Debian GNU/kFreeBSD runs the GNU userland tools, the GNU C library and the Debian package set on top of the FreeBSD kernel.

Barratt states:

We remain gravely concerned about the viability of this port. Despite the reduced scope, we feel that the port is not currently of sufficient quality to feature as a fully supported release architecture in Jessie.

We therefore advise the kFreeBSD porters that the port is in danger of being dropped from Jessie, and invite any porters who are able to commit to working on the port in the long term to make themselves known *now*.

We will assess the viability of kFreeBSD in Jessie on or after 1st November, and a yes/no decision will be taken at that time.

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  • (Score: 2) by VLM on Wednesday October 08 2014, @03:07PM

    by VLM (445) on Wednesday October 08 2014, @03:07PM (#103612)

    "but you can't spread yourself thin. Sometimes the hard decision has to be made and projects axed."

    Debian is a volunteer org and if you want to work on kfreebsd you will. Its very hard to actively stop a maintainer. If someone finds a way successfully to stop you, almost certainly you just "full stop", not move over to the emacs team, unless you wanted to anyway.

    The release team can put up a list of minimums to meet a cutoff for something they're doing (such as, coordinating a release)

    The problem kfreebsd is having, is not having enough volunteers to handle the workload of reaching the minimums and/or the interpretation of what the minimums should be may or may not be fair and/or the interpretation of where they are WRT the minimums at this time and in the near future around release time. But it has almost nothing to do with "the boss told you to work on XYZ and now you're on the ABC project"

    Something that confuses the culture is at least some devs work for an employer who tells them what to do, both labor (obviously) and rumored for voting. So its not totally free will for everyone involved, but it is for most people.

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