Re: Bits from /me: Difficulties in Deep Learning Framework Packaging
- Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2019 16:59:46 +0300
- From: Adrian Bunk <bunk@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: Bits from /me: Difficulties in Deep Learning Framework Packaging
On Wed, Apr 17, 2019 at 01:38:22AM +0000, Mo Zhou wrote:
> Hi Adrian,
> On Tue, Apr 16, 2019 at 11:07:34PM +0300, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> > The work Mo spent on the already-outdated tensorflow package in
> > experimental was wasted if there is noone who continues maintaining it.
> > And the same would be true for other new packages if the packager
> > disappears afterwards.
> Debian should have already got used to the fact that volunteers are
> scarce resource.
Are they scarce or scared away?
I had some points in  regarding the problems of volunteers trying to
get contributions in Debian.
> > What is actually needed are one (or ideally several) people with
> > a long-term commitment to maintain these packages.
> I think most of such long-term + high-workload maintaining works are
> actually backed by salary.
>From what I am aware, I would say it is pretty much an exception when
maintaining packages in unstable is paid work.
Especially long-term, apart from Canonical there are not many companies
that have an interest in Debian that does not go away after their next
round of restructure+layoffs.
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