"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
"Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together - mass hysteria."

Well, it looks like Debian 4.0 (Etch) has been released. And they have a new project leader. And they're talking about trying to get releases out every two years.

* bda peaks out the window, looking for amphibian precipitation or airborne porcine.

The whole dunc-tank thing was, in a lot of ways, the final straw for me. Not the fact that some Debian leads and devs got paid for their work. Who cares, as long as they were doing the work? No, the fact that a bunch of essentially commie programmers jumped ship from the leading commie Linux distro to work on Ubuntu, which is pretty damn far from the Debian project's ideals (regardless of the noise Ubuntu people make).

But when it all comes down to it, I don't care about this crap anymore. I don't care that an OpenBSD dev goofed up and commited GPL'd code to the public CVS repo, I don't care that there was a huge flame-out on linux-wireless@, I don't care about ridiculous community in-fighting.

At the end of the day I want two things:

  • Something that works
  • Something with a stable release cycle

Maybe Debian can get there again, though as Ian Murdock recently said during one of his interviews about being hired at Sun, Debian is all about the process these days. And their process is broken.

April 8, 2007 11:50 AM