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Debian Developer

PostPosted: 2017-07-09 08:28
by sistematico
Is it mandatory and/or recommended for a Debian Developer to use Debian as the primary OS?

Thank you.

Re: Debian Developer

PostPosted: 2017-07-09 10:35
by kedaha
Well, according to the manual:
It is possible to create Debian packages also on other (Unix-compatible) operating systems, but it is much more difficult and not a very good idea.
It's probably easier to set up a system with Debian as native OS than trying to emulate its functionality on another...

Re: Debian Developer

PostPosted: 2017-07-09 11:13
by sistematico
Thank you.

Re: Debian Developer

PostPosted: 2017-07-09 12:52
by golinux
May or may not be true but I've heard that systemd devs work in Linux virtualization on Macs. (Which might explain more than a few things . . . )

Re: Debian Developer

PostPosted: 2017-07-09 17:16
by HuangLao
sistematico wrote:Is it mandatory and/or recommended for a Debian Developer to use Debian as the primary OS?

Thank you.


Im sorry but why create packages or be a developer for a system that you do not actively use as primary OS? That's a bit like driving a Volkswagen but being a salesman for Ford (or change to whatever cars you want)....

Re: Debian Developer

PostPosted: 2017-07-09 17:19
by HuangLao
golinux wrote:May or may not be true but I've heard that systemd devs work in Linux virtualization on Macs. (Which might explain more than a few things . . . )


Ive heard that many times as well, its one reason why systemd and Gnome are setup to be optimized for SSD and HDD....after all who still uses mechanical drives (I can't be the only one).

Also, apparently most Ubuntu dev's use Windows and they run Linux in VM...DuckDuck it you'll find surprising things...

Re: Debian Developer

PostPosted: 2017-07-09 17:20
by GarryRicketson
Is the OP a developer ?
scary thought

Re: Debian Developer

PostPosted: 2017-07-09 17:22
by HuangLao
GarryRicketson wrote:Is the OP a developer ?
scary thought


:lol: :lol: :lol:

:arrow: Canonical Jobs wanted

Re: Debian Developer

PostPosted: 2017-07-10 08:24
by Onsemeliot
HuangLao wrote:Im sorry but why create packages or be a developer for a system that you do not actively use as primary OS? That's a bit like driving a Volkswagen but being a salesman for Ford (or change to whatever cars you want)....

Sorry for taking this astray:
A few months back I participated in a discussion: Policy on software used to create desktop theme? It was about your thought applied to the desktop theme. The new theme was created by a designer with proprietary software. I was crucified by some others when I spoke out for the policy we should not use a design done with proprietary software as a showcase for free software. I did assume one of the preconditions to be considered as a viable proposal was that the design has been created with free software. But there I obviously was not only wrong but even evil in the eyes of some.

It was argued that we shouldn't exclude people as long as they provide their work under legal conditions agreeable for the use in Debian. The way it is now it looks to me as if we would say: "Look, want appealing designs, but they can't be done with free software." This is especially odd to me since the design itself can be done very easily with free tools. (Exactly this did one person who was also participating in the discussion. He claimed it took him only 15 minutes to re-construct the same layout with free software.) I guess the only comfort in that situation is that the public doesn't know that the design wasn't done with free software and probably just assumes it ...

Re: Debian Developer

PostPosted: 2017-07-11 06:22
by kedaha
Onsemeliot wrote:A few months back I participated in a discussion: Policy on software used to create desktop theme? It was about your thought applied to the desktop theme. The new theme was created by a designer with proprietary software. I was crucified by some others when I spoke out for the policy we should not use a design done with proprietary software as a showcase for free software...

I see that unlike, for instance another theme, Las_Grutas, created with Inkscape, Illustrator was used for the DebianArt/Themes/softWaves images. I'm somewhat surprised by their reaction to your perfectly reasonable recommendation that the desktop theme be created with free software.