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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 cykros on Wednesday October 08 2014, @07:49PM

    by cykros (989) on Wednesday October 08 2014, @07:49PM (#103742)

    It's a matter of democracy not actually being the best way to organize the politics of every type of project under the sun. For human civilizations? It's terrible, but all workable alternatives we have have been worse. For software? All it takes is something getting popular for the democratic process to utterly kill most any project. Technocracy might be worth fearing in civic government, but it is an absolute necessity if you're going to have a remotely healthy software project. And when it's free software, you don't have to feel like you're depriving someone of their say, because if they have an idea, nothing stops them from forking your codebase and improving the diversity of options available, bringing more open competition to the world.

    Instead, we have projects like Debian, where democracy worked for years, falling victim to its own success as the hipsters rip away every last vestige of the once great distribution. Meanwhile, it's stodgy old Slackware with it's dictator for life that has been getting all of the praise. Sometimes, we need to remember that one of the freedoms granted by free software is freedom to make a unilateral decision without asking everyone else for permission to do so. Failure to do so will bring more slowdowns with development while bickering and debate rages on about what should be done (while nothing actually gets done), as well as manipulation and propaganda campaigns bringing about problems of monoculture such as systemd has been bringing to more and more distributions and more and more aspects of those distributions since it was shat into the world.

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