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Re: [MiNT] [Mint-cvs] [FreeMiNT CVS] freemint/sys/sockets/inet4

On Fri, 2010-01-01 at 23:44 +0100, Vincent Rivière wrote:
> Helmut Karlowski a écrit :
> > Am 01.01.2010, 22:45 Uhr, schrieb Alan Hourihane <alanh@fairlite.co.uk>:
> > 
> >> Alternatively, I can create a branch for you for your entire patch set.
> > 
> > I think that would be best
> Please, do not create a branch... things are already complicated enough.

I don't see a problem with branches. People get to play and others
easily review work. A lot of open source software work in branches while
developing new features.

It's what Frank suggested for my enhancements branch, and having an
xaaes branch doesn't seem bad given it's 200KB of patch. It would allow
developers to see Helmut's code in a common place.

> Here are the facts:
> - Helmut wants to improve XaAES and work freely on the sources, without 
> any constraint. To get a 200 KB patch, I think there are a lot of minor 
> changes, including various cleanups in the code, maybe source 
> reformatting, etc. As well as fundamental changes, of course.


> - Alan is in practice the only alive maintainer, he has the 
> responsibility to not break everything. He must commit the proposed 
> patches if they are good for the project. So the patches must be clean, 
> as small as possible, and target a specific goal. Not a big pack of 
> unreadable changes.


> - There are not so much XaAES developers (who ?) so there are very few 
> comments on the provided patches.
> - The users want up to date, working binaries.
> Thus here is my personal advice:
> Helmut, if the commit procedure is too annoying for you, setup a 
> dedicated web page, provide a zip with your XaAES binaries, and another 
> with your sources.
> Then the users will have the possibility to use either your alternative 
> binaries, or the official outdated ones.
> When no one will use the official SpareMiNT versions, I think the 
> official developers (if there are some) will seriously be interested to 
> reintegrate your changes.
> That's what is good with Free Software. The Freedom to do what you want 
> while you respect the Freedom of other people.
> NB: Of course it would be far better if everyone would agree to common 
> sources.

Well, I'm happy if Helmut wants to do the above, but a branch is still
open as well, and I'll do that if Helmut sends me the code.