Uh-oh. The C library is an essential core component of any Unix-like operating system, and for Debian to switch from the well-established Glibc is big news. This blog post explains the reasons behind the move to EGLIBC, noting technical aspects such as a consistent stable branch, support for different shells and the ability to optimise for size (using the -Os GCC flag).
It also points to dissatisfaction with Glibc maintainer Ulrich Drepper's attitude towards potential contributors: eg "Stop wasting people's time! Nobody cares about this crap." Or take a look at the comments here for some, er, lively debate.
But this raises some interesting questions. How much civility should we expect in free software development? Perhaps the code snippet linked above was indeed trivial, but should a lead developer be so blunt? OpenBSD head-honcho Theo de Raadt is well known for his brusque manner, yet many OpenBSD fans are fine with that -- they want to focus on the code, not time-wasting pleasantries.
However, such an approach can scare away potentially prolific contributors. Let us know what you think -- how frank should lead developers be to newcomers? Is being terse and direct the best way to get good code?
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