vs. Backports...

Michael R Head burner at
Tue Mar 6 04:55:17 GMT 2007

On Mon, 2007-03-05 at 15:45 -0800, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> On Sat, Mar 03, 2007 at 01:16:44PM -0500, Michael R. Head wrote:
> > I just came across today. The goals appear to be similar
> > to those of the backports project (to provide the latest versions of
> > desktop apps for previously released versions of Ubuntu). 
> > 
> > However, they also have a number of packages available that aren't in
> > either Debian or Ubuntu's universe (for example Referencer:
> > ). I'm wondering if there's
> > some way to get a dialog started to make sure the work of the
> > folks gets integrated into the universe. 
> I'd never heard of it until now.  I'm CCing the MOTU Council, who I hope can
> provide a channel to begin a conversation with them.

Cool. I really do hope it's possible to bring the work into the universe
quickly. I emailed with the project lead (João Pinto
<joao.pinto at>) and he informed me that he felt that bringing
the packages into compliance with Ubuntu/Debian policies would take more
time than he felt he could personally afford. He did mention that he's
planning to provide debdiffs for those interested in MOTUing his

> -- 
>  - mdz

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