Bazaar and Debian

Martin Pool mbp at
Fri Jun 21 05:34:26 UTC 2013


On 15 June 2013 00:29, Barry Warsaw <barry at> wrote:

> On Jun 14, 2013, at 08:03 AM, Russel Winder wrote:
>  >Given the increasing lack of maintenance of Bazaar, will GNU come under
> >pressure to drop it as the preferred DVCS? The alternative is for GNU to
> >assume responsibility for ensuring there is maintenance, but can this
> >happen?
> Well, Bazaar is GPL'd so I think it *could* happen, but I stopped trying
> to be
> an internet lawyer a decade ago ;).  I don't know if it will or should,
> but I
> personally think it's the most logical future for Bazaar.

Canonical's Ubuntu Code of

*Step down considerately: When somebody leaves or disengages from the
project, we ask that they do so in a way that minimises disruption to the
project. They should tell people they are leaving and take the proper steps
to ensure that others can pick up where they left off.

and maybe it's time for them to do that themselves, now they've decided to
do very little continuing work on bzr.

For GNU become primary project maintainer over seems to require two things:

1- Someone willing to put in the time to being primary maintainer and doing
some development or bug fixing. That could be someone from the bzr
community or maybe someone coming more from GNU or Emacs.

2- Canonical to hand the baton to GNU. Technically very little is required
to get started with at least making a new release etc. In the medium term
it would be good to detangle things that rely on IS (such as the pqm jail)
to be more self-service by the maintainers, of course maintaining adequate
security. Perhaps if GNU is the main maintainer they would want to also be
the legal steward too, for copyright etc. The details probably have to be
worked out off-list between Canonical management, GNU, and the new

Is there someone who wants to become new (co)-maintainer?

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