[dct] Getting the Debian Collaboration Team started again

Lucas Nussbaum lucas at lucas-nussbaum.net
Tue May 15 12:49:00 BST 2007

On 14/05/07 at 15:52 -0300, Marcela Tiznado wrote:
> Hi!
> > No, it isn't, not necessarily: the Ubuntu users could use X because they
> > haven't found out yet that Y is a better alternative. Or maybe they just
> > installed it a long time ago, used it once, and forgot about it.
> If many people has it installed on Ubuntu, can't be so bad..  :)

Yes, however:

1) many packages with many installs have many installs because another
very popular package used to depend on it, but this isn't the case. or
the package might have been part of main, but was moved to universe.

2) not so many packages have many installs. popcon results sort of
follow Pareto's law (i.e: 20% of packages have 80% of installs)

> Anyway, I understand what you mean, and that can be checked.
> >> Filling a RFP on Debian BTS would be enough for finding someone
> >> interested in maintaining the package...I think it's also a good
> >> idea to add extra info taken from Ubuntu packages (like
> >> debian/control, missing man pages, etc), so it's easier for the
> >> maintainer to start with that package.
> > 
> > Currently, there are 335 open RFPs (see
> > http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/requested). Filing RFPs is not
> > going to magically make maintainers appear.
> 335 open RFS where some have been waiting there for >1000 days,
> probably those projects are now dead. That list should be cleaned, but
> it's not a problem to get solved here.

FWIW, it is been cleaned automatically after some time.

> No, but it's the only way I think we can find maintainers for new
> packages..It's one of the websites I recommend to people starting on
> Debian packaging.
> Another option would be to have a team of maintainers taking care of
> those packages, but I think that would be much more difficult.

Not necessarily ; that was the plan of the utnubu project (also quite

> > http://people.debian.org/~lucas/ubuntu-popcon-notindebian/ and
> > http://people.debian.org/~lucas/ubuntu-popcon-notindebian/by-inst-universe-notindebian.txt
> > for popcon results for packages in gutsy/universe but not in
> > debian/{main,contrib,non-free}.
> I don't find that info so sad..I'll take a look then about licences of
> the top20 missing packages on Debian.

yes, I think my previous attempt at those results was broken in some
way. Those ones look better.
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