Draft resolution formalising Debian's Associated Project status

Josh Berkus josh at postgresql.org
Sun Mar 11 18:28:41 UTC 2007


> If however the SPI is responsible for making a judgement call about
> the murky nature of Debian politics, particularly since certain
> aspects of Debian's policies and procedures are not necessarily
> clearly defined (or at least subject to dispute leading to mailing
> list flames that go on and on for hundreds of messages) from a legal
> point of view, then SPI could get dragged into what could be a nasty,
> and potentially arbitrarily expensive legal adjucation procedure. 

I'm not so worried about legal culpability (how would Debian sue SPI when SPI 
provides Debian's legal help?).  However, I *am* worried about making the 
wrong decision, and pissing off the "winners" in a long-running Debian 
dispute, and thus causing Debian members to distrust  SPI and call for 
pulling out.  This is *directly* based on my experience with the Dunc-Tank 

I really don't think that MJ and Ian realize how opaque and chaotic Debian 
politics are to outsiders.

Josh Berkus
Software in the Public Interest, Inc.

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