[Mageia-discuss] Mageia governance model draft

Ahmad Samir ahmadsamir3891 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 5 18:10:23 CEST 2010

On 5 October 2010 17:48, Tux99 <tux99-mga at uridium.org> wrote:
> On Tue, 5 Oct 2010, Romain d'Alverny wrote:
>> Teams are made of at least two sub-groups (from a credentials point of view):
>>  * "Apprentices" (people being mentored into the team - someone
>> suggested "petit scarabée" as a label but...)
>>  * and "Masters".
> [...]
> Romain, that sound like a very rigid regimented structure that I fear
> will cause "i'm better than you" kind of feelings, etc.
> I don't see the point in strictly classifying people in either masters
> or slaves (sorry, freudian slip, i meant apprentices) because skill
> levels are a lot more varied and fluid than just two classes.
> Of course there will be mentors and mentored but there is no need to
> create a rigid two class structure with priviledges for the master
> class.
> This sounds very much against the spirit of a collaborative community to
> me.
> Please also read my other related post:
> http://mageia.linuxtech.net/forum/index.php?t=msg&th=66&goto=596#msg_596
> I hope this dual-class system is not set in stone already.

It's not about skill, it's about experience, any packager who's going
to gain commit/submit privileges to the official repos needs to be
clued in on how that system works, what packaging rules to follow,
what's to avoid... etc; some how like the mailing lists etiquette
users, who were posting to mailing lists for the very first time,
needed to learn. The difference here is submitting a package in the
repos means many users may use it, so stricter rules apply here.

And the apprenticeship won't take a year, probably about 1 month (2 at
the very most), depending on each mentors' time. Collaborating means
new comers should be taught on how that they collaborating in should
work :)

FWIW, most of the packagers who maintained packages in Mandriva went
through the same teaching/apprenticeship process.

“Reminds me of Star Wars, 'Apprentice' does” :)

Ahmad Samir

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