Jon Saints saintsjd at
Sun Nov 6 10:23:13 CST 2005

Over the past month, I have been working with the
team to establish a more fluid relationship with the
UbuntuGIS group and to create updated GIS packages for
Ubuntu.  My personal interest in in creating a "sync"
of debianGIS respository for
Breezy.  I like Ubuntu's release cycle. It will offer
many people greater access to uptodate GIS software on
regular basis. 

DebianGIS is a very active group of debian
developers/testers and GIS experts who are truly doing
great work to put the best and most up-to-date open
source GIS software into debian. I have found that
porting their work to Ubuntu is very easy.

DebianGIS already has:
1) packaged the most popular GIS apps like mapserver,
grass, gdal etc
2) packaged very complicated packages like grass and
3) Created a list of opensource packages that need to
be built

UbuntuGIS needs to be very careful not to reinvent or
duplicate the efforts of the DebianGIS team.  The
debianGIS team is very efficient and expirienced. The
most effective way for UbuntuGIS team to package
uptodate GIS software for Ubuntu is to become
contributors of patches and packages to debianGIS. 

My vision for UbuntuGIS is this: We develop all GIS
packages for debianGIS unstable repository. Bugs and
patches will be made for debian only.  When we feel
that there are stable enough packages in the debianGIS
repository, it is easy enough to "sync" debianGIS
packages from source to the various Ubuntu Distros.
Willing groups could set up testing repositories and
work to integrate the Ubuntu packages into universe.

I have been able to sync GDAL, mapserver, and postgis
so far.  It was not difficult.


--- Mateusz Łoskot <mateusz at> wrote:

> Corey Burger wrote:
> > On 11/5/05, Mateusz Łoskot <mateusz at>
> wrote:
> >>Corey Burger wrote:
> >>>On 11/5/05, Mateusz Łoskot <mateusz at>
> wrote:
> >>>
> >>>>I'm looking for Ubuntu GIS team members.
> >>>>Who set this Wikipage
> up?
> >>>>This team is also not listed here
> >>>>Is this alive?
> >>>
> >>>I was set up by myself (irc nick: Burgundavia)
> and Oliver Grawert (irc
> >>>nick: ogra). It has stalled due to my not being a
> MOTU and ogra being
> >>>crazy busy with Edubuntu.
> >>
> >>I understand. So there isn't set any concrete
> roadmap for UbuntuGIS up?
> >>Seems like it is in stage of proposal and
> DebianGIS compliance for now.
> >>
> > 
> > Not really. We lack a roadmap because we don't
> know what is useful for
> > a real GIS user.
> OK, so this is what we can try to do together ;-)
> >>Third, I'm very new deb packager. I did first
> steps (debs) but I need
> >>some guidance, definitely.
> > 
> > The Masters of the Universe are more than happy to
> help you with this.
> > They can be reached at #ubuntu-motu.
> Sure, I visit #ubuntu-motu frequently.
> Cheers
> -- 
> Mateusz Łoskot
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