Future of the Packaging Guide

Reinhard Tartler siretart at ubuntu.com
Sat Sep 29 16:58:55 BST 2007

"Matthew East" <mdke at ubuntu.com> writes:

> Hi,
> On 19/09/2007, Daniel Holbach <daniel.holbach at ubuntu.com> wrote:
>> Hello everybody,
>> Jordan Mantha started the discussion about moving the Packaging Guide
>> from DocBook in the Doc Team SVN to the Ubuntu wiki:
>> https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-motu/2007-September/002290.html
> {snip}
>> === Cons ===
>>       * probably no nice printable version
> You don't get a nice printable version with either solution...

But you have at least a nice PDF version of it, which can be printed

>>       * malicious editing, harder to have QA for it
> You can use access control on the wiki too if desired.

Access control would imply a workflow like:

 * Only a restricted group (like developers) may edit
 * contributors need to download the file as raw, edit it and send a
 * patch via email
 * Editors comment on the patch and eventually apply it.

Is this really easier than using a bzr branch?

>>       * what happens to the packaging-guide package?
> I'd say that it can disappear for the time being. 

Which would be sad.

> Since internet access is pretty much essential to contributing as an
> Ubuntu developer, it's ok to have this documentation online only.

I usually have a good and fast internet connection, but still appreciate
having documentation locally on my laptop installed.

>>       * licensing
> This is readily workaroundable by adding some licence text to the
> bottom of each wiki page.

Is it really desireable to have more than one license in use in

> I think it's a very good idea to get this into the wiki.

I'm not sure I have expressed my view on this mailing list (I did on
ubuntu-motu at l.u.c), I'm still very sceptical about this move.

Reinhard Tartler, KeyID 945348A4
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