Software Centre - Policy

Allison Randal allison at
Fri Dec 9 17:26:03 UTC 2011

On 12/08/2011 05:22 PM, Mario Kemper wrote:
> I remember the idea of "developer's success stories" that was mentioned
> during UDS-O. Do we already have some of them, e.g. an application that
> was moved from Software Centre-only into the official repos?

The "News" app, accepted to Extras in Maverick, was renamed to "Tickr"
and is now in Debian, sync'd to Ubuntu Precise, and in Ubuntu Backports
for Oneiric and Natty.

The game 4digits was submitted to MyApps, but since it was previously
packaged in Debian (later orphaned), we revived the Debian packaging
instead of putting it in Extras, and made the 4digits developer the
primary Debian maintainer. It was accepted by the Debian Games Team, has
been sync'd to Ubuntu Precise, and we may submit it for backports for
Oneiric and Natty.

> That would be great. My software (Shutter - a screenshot taking
> application) is heavily out-of-date in Debian and a bit out-of-date in
> Ubuntu. I would be glad to become responsible for my own package. Any
> hints are welcome.

Fridays are our "office hours" for the ARB, hop on #ubuntu-app-devel,
and we can help untangle it. I know Ryan Niebur (he does a bunch of Perl
stuff, and helped out on the Parrot packages a while back), I'll
introduce you. Looks like the last time he updated the shutter package
was April 2010, so it may be technically "orphaned" and able to be
adopted. The first step is just to ask him.


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