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Re: OpenOffice 3.1

Kevin Kofler wrote:
Adam Williamson wrote:
It's true that inconsistency is bad, and that's the problem with the current
policy, but there's no better solution. At best, we can give more hints to
the maintainers, but there's no policy which works for all packages.
Hardcoded bureaucracy doesn't really work, in particular, the 2 "all or
nothing" solutions you propose:

This is why I say the only two policies that can really work optimally
are "minimal necessary changes to fix strictly identified bugs and
security flaws" or "update whatever you like". Either is valid, but both
have distinct implications for the user experience, so we need to pick
based on what user experience we want, and message that consistently so
that users know what to expect.

are both completely broken. The first turns Fedora into yet another "Debian
stable type" distribution: this seems to be what you're advocating, but
there are already several of those and Fedora would lose one of the main
things it is about (being always up to date) by endorsing such a policy.
The second basically turns all releases into Rawhide, which is
unfortunately unsuitable for daily use. A middle ground is needed, and
that's where the maintainer has to make a call. And this is why the policy
is as it is now.

For what it's worth, I agree with Adam, to the extent that I read "work optimally" as "work without excessive friction in the community". Deviate from either one, and it becomes too much a judgment call, and people's judgment is going to vary, and you have a mess.

That said... I also agree that "a middle ground is needed"*. Unfortunately, that means living with threads like this one is likely inevitable.

(* Yes, Adam, even after reading your reply. I don't want /any/ kind of free-for-all. I want some general exercise of discretion. OTOH, I do think we need to be clear that we're not in the "bugfix-only" camp.)

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