What's Canonical thinking about Bazaar?

James Westby jw+debian at jameswestby.net
Mon Nov 2 11:01:21 GMT 2009

On Mon Nov 02 09:05:03 +0000 2009 Martin Pool wrote:
> Canonical's desired focus for Bazaar development in the next six-month
> period is on things that help Ubuntu developers, in particular in
> helping them to get better interaction with upstreams and to ship
> fixes faster.  This focus means that Bazaar needs to both prioritize
> their bugs and to do larger forward development for Ubuntu.

I had quite a long discussion with Andrew the other night, taking a first
cut at looking at the features that Ubuntu may want. One of the outcomes
of this was what I suspected may be the case: Ubuntu developers don't have
many specialist needs. There were few things we could come up with that
would not be improvements for everyone. Where there was something it was
rarely Ubuntu-specific, but would only benefit some users that have
particular ways of working.

I expect this means that this focus will lead to improvements for everybody
still. However, it would be silly to expect that it pleased everyone, it
may be that your pet feature is given a lower priority (though obviously
the code is still GPL.)

Above all, one of the biggest requirements we have for Bazaar in Ubuntu is
for it to be a joy to use, and we don't plan to make it specific so that
this feeling only applies to Ubuntu developers.



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