[blag-whereto] activity or the lack of it

r7 r7 at aktivix.org
Thu Jun 11 22:08:16 BST 2009

hi all

i feel i'm watching a friend slowly dying and i suppose this email is a
last desperate attempt to see what's happening with our distro. i wrote
an email in february with the subject "so whereto really? are we
serious? a *proposal* & call to action":


please read it. this is a follow up to it really.

i *apologize* in advance for the negative tone of this email.

i further *apologize* if i upset anyone with the contents of this email.
this is not a *personal* snipe at *anyone* in particular, but the
examples i will use are rather listed to illustrate a malaise. i am
angry, upset and frustrated.

so where are we at?

we have a vserver on fsf we can't use and no estimate as to when we
might be able to.

we can't make any dns changes.

we haven't got anyone participating who can build rpms.

we have new kernels no-one is apparently testing.

we have a repo that is not being updated from upstream.

we have a repo that we can't add to or subtract from.

we have an irc channel where half the folks say nothing and haven't done
for months.

we had a poll about when to hold meetings and for the third thursday
running nothing.

we have trac tickets that we can't progress for lots of reasons.

we have wiki work to do that no-one seems to put any concerted effort into.

we have a moribund forum.

need i go on?

i realize that folks have other priorities and lives to lead, but i
don't think that the continuation of blag is a priority for anyone else
as far as i can make out. if that is the case, i'd rather folks were
honest about it.

am i looking forward to a life with debian and a free kernel?

what are we going to do about this mess, if anything?

a very sad
r7 [at] aktivix [dot] org

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