[csw-users] Fwd: Maintainer Verification
Thomas F. Schiller
TFSchiller at gmx.de
Mon Apr 17 15:04:09 CEST 2006
I am not very happy about what you wrote:-(
Well, I can understand that blastwave wants to know the maintainer on the other hand there are already a lot of packages old.
Python for example and I got already software not running on the old blastwave version.
I am using sylpheed-claws 2.1.0 RC2, there is already 2.1.1. I am not blaming Alex because he is maintaining a lot of packages and imho Sylpheed-claws (including the dependencies) is already enough work for one freelancer who is not paid for the work.
I am really impressed what big amount of work Alex is doing and because of this I installed sun studio to build packages of my own.
BUT I read this I don't have the hope that I may do it for blastwave in the near future.
So I will sit down and wait that less and less people are doing more and more work.
I am becoming angry when I am reading sentences like this:
"But some measures, as I am sure you will agree, need to be enforced to ensure safety and quality.
Quality means (well at least in my company here in Germany) also that emails are answered and the fulfillment of commitments.
To make it clear: I ordered a DVD last October, I started a research at Germans customs in February, they never received a DVD with my name on it.
One email was answered after I complained about it. The email with the results of the German customs is still unanswered.
On Fri, 14 Apr 2006 14:16:15 -0400
"Eric Enright" <eric.enright at gmail.com> wrote:
> The forwarded message is from a discussion on osol-discuss concerning
> myself and the identity verification required of new Blastwave
> maintainers. As I mentioned in the thread, I am willing to work with
> whoever/do whatever to get my identity proven.
> Currently I am a part time Computer Programmer Analyst student at
> Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, Canada and graduate this year.
> In the fall I will be (acceptance pending) attending The University of
> Western Ontario in Computer Sciences. I do currently work full time,
> but in a non-technical field, and my employer likely doesn't care
> about any of this.
> I want to work with Blastwave because I depend on it for a number of
> applications and libraries. Most software I do build for myself is
> linked against it, and I have seen mention at various times of others
> wanting some of this same software built on Solaris. Thus, it makes
> sense to me to get it integrated.
> So, what can we do?
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Dennis Clarke <dclarke at blastwave.org>
> Date: Apr 14, 2006 7:41 AM
> Subject: Re: [osol-discuss] Project proposal: Nevada Companion Software
> To: Eric Enright <eric.enright at gmail.com>
> Cc: casper.dik at sun.com, Stefan Teleman <stefan.teleman at gmail.com>,
> opensolaris-discuss at opensolaris.org, Glynn Foster
> <glynn.foster at sun.com>, phil at blastwave.org
> > Twice over the past two years I have made attempts at joining the
> > Blastwave maintainer community, only to ultimately be rejected because
> > I do not have a "work email address" (I am a student (older student,
> > far from a freshman)). This was explained to me by Phil Brown as
> > being for legal reasons, as employers are more responsible for the
> > actions of their employees than educational institutions are. Fair
> > enough, this makes some sense to me, especially considering the
> > setting of many Solaris installations.
> > In that regard, there is /some/ exclusivity at Blastwave. This rather
> > put me off, since one of the projects has accepted patches by me in
> > the past which provides Solaris support (Licq), and another one of the
> > projects now lists packages created by me on their homepage (gtkpod).
> > The latter even has CSW dependencies, and was created using modified
> > cswutils scripts.
> > This post is a bit offtopic, I admit, but "exclusivity" activated
> > something in my brain like a keyword. I am a happy Blastwave user who
> > has been following most of this discussion.
> Eric, this is a really tough policy. It is tough to enforce and tough to
> tell people, good people, that no, we can not have you building software
> that will be running in the servers at Lockheed Martin, NASA and MIT. The
> issue of liability has been a very tough one but it was needed.
> Let's consider the posibility that someone joins and claims to be a
> programmer for company XYZ Inc. In truth they work for no one. We call up
> company XYZ to confirm that they actually work there and then someone will
> say "yes, they work here and we will put you right through."
> In truth it is two people in the same room and their business is to destroy
> servers with really nasty software.
> So we have another stage of verification. Someone must actually know this
> person and be able to verify them. Also a really tough policy to enforce.
> I think we had a person in Germany that waited for a while before someone
> could drive over to them and meet them. We also had to say goodbye to
> another valuable maintainer because he could not be verified.
> Have there been exceptions? Absolutely. No one ever questioned Eric
> Boutilier or Torrey McMahon ( http://blogs.sun.com/roller/page/torrey ) or
> Jörg Schilling. But some measures, as I am sure you will agree, need to be
> enforced to ensure safety and quality.
> Clearly we need to look at your case again.
> Dennis Clarke
> Eric Enright
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