Ubuntu AppUpdate

Joao Pinto joao.pinto at getdeb.net
Thu Jul 8 21:39:15 UTC 2010

On Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 9:39 PM, Ryan Oram <ryanoram at trentu.ca> wrote:

> I'm looking at setting up a update service for Ubuntu Lucid called
> "Ubuntu AppUpdate". Developers would notify the team of their app
> updates and we would push them to our repo. It will be similar to
> GetDeb, but it will be based around Launchpad and PPAs and would have
> more extensive testing.
> I realize that Ubuntu is already taking steps towards this in
> Maverick, but it may take them a few releases to get the process right
> due to reservations about updating applications between releases. The
> AppUpdate PPA would provide a way for Ubuntu Lucid users (or users of
> any Ubuntu derivative) to get the latest tested versions of their
> applications in the meantime.
> -----
> How it would work:
> Developers would notify the AppUpdate team via the mailing list about
> their package update, and a member of the team will push it to the
> "testing" repository. If it is pushed to "testing" and no major
> problems appear after at least a week, it will be pushed to "stable"
> and all users with the PPA will be notified of the update.
> All packages must be uploaded to a Launchpad PPA before they will be
> considered to be included in the Ubuntu AppUpdate PPA.
> Note: Keep in mind, this applies to applications like Firefox, Deluge
> and MPlayer, *not* the kernel, core libraries and the desktop
> environment. Packages that need core library updates will not be
> accepted.
> -----
> Testing info:
> I would like to invite you guys to try out Ubuntu AppUpdate. I have
> uploaded packages from around 20 PPAs into the AppUpdate Testing PPA.
> They should all work, but I would like to give them a rundown before
> they are pushed to the Stable PPA. If you have any suggestions for
> PPAs or packages, let me know.
> If you would like to try it out, add the Ubuntu AppUpdate PPAs to your
> sources via the following commands:
> # sudo add-apt-repository ppa:infinity-team/appupdate-stable
> # sudo add-apt-repository ppa:infinity-team/appupdate-testing
> If you have any problems with any of the packages, post the issue on
> the Ubuntu AppUpdate mailing list/forum (
> http://tinyurl.com/ubuntu-appupdate ). The package will be promptly
> removed from the repositories.
> Thanks,
> Ryan
> PS If you would like to join the team and help out, feel free to send
> me an email.
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Why set up another project instead of participating in GetDeb ?
What do you expect to achieve with "Ubuntu AppUpdate" that you can't with
GetDeb ?


João Luís Marques Pinto
GetDeb Team Leader
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