Collaboration with Debian: a balanced proposal.

Lucas Nussbaum lucas at
Fri Jan 20 23:29:11 GMT 2006

On 19/01/06 at 18:50 -0200, Gustavo Franco wrote:
> As a MOTU hopeful and Debian Developer, i'm glad you're interested on
> this subject too. I think your proposal would work with minor
> enhancements. I'll split my comments in two sections, Ubuntu
> Developers and MOTUs:
> * MOTUs
> - I believe that a MOTUDct, mainly with Debian Developers involved and
> interested in organize Ubuntu universe and contribute back to Debian
> the changes, would work. It isn't only about merge packages but report
> bugs too. I think it's just a matter of receive a ok from CC or just
> ogra and dholbach (?!), document it on the wiki and ask for volunteers
> in utnubu.

I didn't see DCT as a sub-team of MOTU, because DCT would probably
handle main packages too. I don't think it's needed either : we need to
keep it simple so a Debian developer understand how things work at the
first glance. Reading the debian-devel thread, it seems that several DDs
already have problems understanding the way MOTUs "maintain" packages in
universe, and not adding to this complexity would be great.

> * Ubuntu Developers
> - It seems to be the core of the problems coming from that
> debian-devel threads. It would be better to hear the feedback from
> Canonical on this first, but i'll take the risk and suggest that they
> hire a person to work with MOTUDct, doing the same thing but just for
> main related issues. It's clear that a volunteer (or more) in MOTUDct
> could do the same, but it's all about "we're contributing back to
> Debian" thing.

Of course, it would be an excellent way of showing that Canonical cares
about Debian. Maybe an employee could be asked to work on DCT
coordination as a part of his job ? Anyway, we don't really need this
for now. What we need is more feedback from ubuntu-devel@ before I can
forward the proposal to other lists (read: Debian's) and get more heated
feedback ;)
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