[maemo-developers] Updating the info for Extras-devel non-free

From: Andrew Flegg andrew at bleb.org
Date: Fri Nov 27 19:27:10 EET 2009
On Fri, Nov 27, 2009 at 17:19, Jari Tenhunen <jari.tenhunen at iki.fi> wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 27, 2009 at 12:15:57PM +0200, Quim Gil wrote:
>> - Do you want non-free apps showing up in
>> http://maemo.org/packages/repository/qa/fremantle_extras-testing/ ?
> Absolutely. If non-free apps can go to Extras by bypassing testing, that
> defeats the whole purpose of the QA process. The average end-user
> doesn't know or care about the difference between "free" and "non-free",
> but if something he installed from maemo.org Extras did something bad or
> didn't work, that's extremely bad for maemo.org and extras as a whole.
> The other route you can take is to not accept non-free apps into extras
> at all.

There is another route (which I don't support): non-free packages go
into a separate QA queue. I think this'd be just more work than
highlighting the section in the packages page. My point is that it's
not so black & white.

No one is suggesting that non-free apps can bypass QA and, indeed,
they can't at the moment. That was a misunderstanding caused by the
Uploading_to_Extras wiki page.

>> - Do you want non-free apps showing up in
>> http://maemo.org/downloads/Maemo5/ ?
> Why not, if they have gone through the same quality gate as free apps.

The problem Jeremiah's highlighting is that most of the QA is
currently done manually; however there is a plan to do more QA by
inspecting the source on its way into Extras-testing.

When those checks are implemented, I'd suggest we increase the QA for
non-free apps in another way (more thumbs up, perhaps or longer
delay), if there is a material difference in the amount of automated
QA we can do.



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