Res: Open Letter: Why I, Kevin Kofler, am not rerunning for FESCo

Kevin Kofler kevin.kofler at
Tue May 4 13:59:10 UTC 2010

Jesse Keating wrote:
> In many cases these do apply.  I participate in cases such as this
> nearly every day, and it's working.  We're testing fixes, rejecting bad
> ones, and getting the right builds into stable.  The system is working,
> but as we all know, no system is perfect.  However perfect is the enemy
> of good.  We can't take the position of "karma isn't the perfect
> solution to every update, therefor we should do away with testing all
> together".

You're attacking a strawman!!!

I never said "we should do away with testing all together"! Please, all of 
you, STOP putting these words into my mouth! (You're not the first one to do 
it, just look elsewhere in this thread, and in earlier threads, for 

I am saying that SOME updates can be pushed with less or even no testing. 
This does NOT mean that testing should not be used in most cases. It just 
means that it should be the maintainer's discretion whether to use it or 
not. The maintainer knows best how to handle his/her package. A dumb tool 
automatically enforcing some generic rules which are the same for all 
packages does not. And distinguishing 2 classes of packages (critical and 
non-critical) out of our thousands of packages doesn't change this in the 

        Kevin Kofler

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