Prioritisation of apt-get.org and other .deb imports
mark at canonical.com
Tue Mar 29 04:06:47 CST 2005
Just a quick note to clarify the ideas behind the apt-get.org import
initiative and set a policy for the schedule and prioritisation of those
First, the reason we are doing the imports is in support of users who
would find these packages and then struggle to update their apt
configuration to be able to support them. If a package is "out there",
and it builds-and-installs, then we want to have it available in
Universe or Multiverse.
That said, it's important that the MOTU team be comfortable with the
scheduling of the imports, and I should have discussed it with the MOTU
before asking James to bring the new packages in. Apologies if that's
thrown a spanner into the works.
Going forward, I'm happy for the MOTU to drive the process of the
imports and set a schedule. I'm happy to compromise on getting it "all
done" for Hoary, to allow everyone time to polish the Hoary release, as
long as we can aim to have Universe be totally comprehensive for Breezy.
Guys, please work with James to define a process which lets you bring in
the package. James will review the legalese on the package to make sure
we never put something in Universe which is not redistributable, but he
won't review the content or structure of the package itself, if you ask
him to bring it in he will assume the MOTU are happy for it to be there
from a quality point of view.
I'm really proud of the way the MOTU team has taken on the huge
challenge of organising and improving universe, to the extent that I
think we can learn quite a bit from them with regard to the way we
manage Main. Thank you for your spirit and work! I think having a
Universe component that is (1) very complete, and bigger than ANY other
repository of free software, and (2) of a good or excellent quality, is
part of the reason for Ubuntu's amazing growth and popularity.
I'd like to urge the MOTU to continue to develop relationships with
upstream, the greater the participation of upstream directly in main and
universe, the greater the chances that upstream's free software is
well-presented and well-represented in Ubuntu.
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