Ubuntu+Python app development + distribution

Olof Bjarnason olof.bjarnason at gmail.com
Tue Sep 29 17:29:54 UTC 2009

Hi Ubuntu-dev-discuss!

I'm writing small games using Python with add-on library PyGame.

I'm using bzr+lp to host the project (it's called fortressdefender).
I'm really satisfied with bzr+lp so far.

However - now I want to distribute my game via a .deb file, since it
is the most user-friendly alternative for visitors of my blog.

I know about the PPAs and how it's possible to quite simply add my
game to my PPA-page on Launchpad.

The catch with that approach is that I think it is too hard for
end-users for several reasons:

1. Adding the addition URL to the Administration->Program sources->3rd
party applications is not a day-to-day businees, many will find it
2. There is some kind of integer code needed to verify the package
also, even more cumbersome for end-user.

If there was a way to specify the URL in the ordinary Ubuntu
Program->Add/remove app', and skip the integer code step, it would be

How would you guys convert a "pure" python application (with the only
dependency python-pygame) to a .deb file?

If I'm asking on the wrong mailing list, sorry, and please direct me
to the right one.

Yours sincerely,



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