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Debian: contempt for "end user" values has to stop!

Aug 13, 2009, 16:02 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Terry Hancock)

"Commitment to customer dissatisfaction

"So what exactly happened to make me frustrated enough to write this? Well, this year I upgraded my main Debian system from "Etch" to "Lenny". Of course, I did this to take advantage of new and improved packages (and they are there — much of this experience was positive). Sadly, this upgrade also broke a lot of stuff.

"I didn't contact these developers and I'm not going to name names (of course I can't avoid mentioning the package names), because there's really no point — I know and you know that these attitudes are endemic throughout our whole community, so it'd be unfair to single-out these three people. I know there's not much point in trying to talk these particular packagers around to my way of thinking, because I've already read the transcripts of others on the same quixotic mission. No dice. Clearly these particular folks are committed to their decisions, no matter how bad I think they were."

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