[rb-general] Core Debian reproducibility: how close?

Chris Lamb lamby at debian.org
Fri Oct 26 06:33:13 CEST 2018

Holger et al.,

> its a hercules task to read all the recent blog posts to get an
> update on a particular topic.
> https://wiki.debian.org/ReproducibleBuilds/ OTOH gives a much
> nicer overview
> I think I'll be too lazy to do research in the blog myself and
> just ask.  […]  But I do think we should have a (better) highlevel
> summary, at at least for Debian, but not only.

Please let it be known that I am always happy to entertain or
otherwise listen to ideas on what I might stop doing in order to
further improve the way we present our work.

However, in the absense of a concrete proposal there I don't see
this bubbling to the top of my personal TODO any time soon.

I already spend a non-trivial amount of my volunteer time on the
core and technical work on Reproducible Builds and writing &
publishing the reports of our work every week, the latter of which
is not within my area of expertise or skillset to begin with.

In this context, petitioning that I provide yet further summaries
of these summaries (and perhaps even higher-level summaries of
such!) would, despite your well-reasoned and accepted arguments
that it would be of value, simply be a stretch for to locate on my
TODO, especially amongst my other responsibilities elsewhere in the
free software community.

This is not a manifestation of some belief that the current state
of affairs could not be improved in any way and thus I do not need
any further convincing; this is merely a question of me applying
the concept of marginal utility to a finite resource.

Needless to say, I would not stand in the way of anyone moving this
forward themselves and would surely not be beyond the scope of an
individual who found themselves uniquely passionate or motivated
around this issue.

Kind regards,

     : :'  :     Chris Lamb
     `. `'`      lamby at debian.org / chris-lamb.co.uk

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