Monthly Archives: October 2008

And you think your family have issues

Past

As in every (free software) project, Debian has problems. Specially, there were 2 big problems:

  • A: We are not good acknowledging, accepting and integrating new members in a good way.
  • B: We have some people accumulating too much power.

Present

In case this was not enough, the people creating the problem B) decided to fix the problem A) totally on their own in a way that makes both A and B worse.

People with too much power are winning. A lot of of the average contributors have good points about all this, but they already gave up (this is a hobby for most of all!) and do nothing because they are already too frustrated. Some try arguing and discussing, but it is not going anywhere because people of the problem B are playing to ignore everything, so you can not argue with silence.

Some people is eating this poisoned cookie, they accept these changes because finally we will be able to integrate (someway) in the project translators, artists, etc, with the cost of change badly another stuff like DM, in the way the people of the group B like.
The proposal or policy is presented as a whole, take it all or leave it.

Future

This proposal or policy will be implemented with some minor changes resulting of “listening” people, then this people causing the problem B, will say this proposal was widely discussed since it was changed because all the discussion.

Ah, and release Lenny sometime too.

Updates in kde4.debian.net

It was complicated getting this done, but finally backports for 4.1.2 are available at kde4.debian.net. Thanks to the help of Aleix Pol and his Mac Mini, there are available packages for PowerPC now.

As well, I have uploaded a backport of Qt 4.4.3 (*), for AMD64, i386 and PowerPC. If you are using KDE 4.1.x, you definitively want to use this Qt 4 version with a bunch of bugfixes.

A lot of people mailed me in the last week asking about problems with the mirror, this was caused by kde4.debian.net being actually 2 mirrors in round robin and the secondary (and faster) one having some problems syncing.

(*) Yes, I know Qt 4.4.2 and 4.4.3 are equal just with copyright changes, but it was easier backport latest version from unstable, right? :)