On Mon, 22 Feb 2021 09:20:46 +0100 Michał Górny firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
On Sun, 2021-02-21 at 13:04 -0800, Gregory P. Smith wrote:
The main thing from a project maintenance perspective is for platforms to not become a burden to other code maintainers. PRs need to be reviewed. Every #if/#endif in code is a cognitive burden. So being a minor platform can come with unexpected breakages that need fixing due to other changes made in the codebase that did not pay attention to the platform. As we cannot expect everyone working on code to care about anything beyond the tier-1 fully supported platforms, buildbot or not.
I have to disagree -- the support code (even if any is actually necessary) does not have to be a burden. Generally 'hobbyists' don't have a problem that the support for their platform becomes broken accidentally, or even deliberately because it blocks something else. They understand that others don't have hardware, time or motivation to maintain support for their platform properly.
That's the problem CPython developers have - they like to remind they're volunteers (it's not too far-fetched to say they do that work as a hobby), but they also want to play big corporate types who with a flick of a wrist shut down systems and throw users in the cold.
It all reminds another recent drama with the "cryptography" package: https://github.com/pyca/cryptography/issues/5771 . And it's not surprising that some people on that thread is also here.
Likewise, it's not surprising that some Debian people are on this thread, with a clear message, just as they have in https://gist.github.com/tiran/2dec9e03c6f901814f6d1e8dad09528e (which happened to be linked from the ticket above).
There's a conflict between 2 forms of volunteering. Old-school, still practiced by Debian, where people volunteer to *maintain* things for the benefit of other people.
And new-style, along the lines "Hereby I volunteer to smash some Rust in the face of unsuspecting users" or "I volunteer to pull the rag under the feet of users of some systems".