New software created for Ubuntu

Steve Langasek steve.langasek at
Tue Jun 1 23:57:28 BST 2010

On Mon, May 31, 2010 at 04:03:52PM +0100, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> It's easy to ask why, if a program is already packaged for Ubuntu, why it
> shouldn't be in Debian as well.  The reason is that it needs a maintainer in
> Debian.  We can't simply copy the packages across.  Each package in Debian
> requires a maintainer who is looking after it, who is actively keeping up
> with Debian procedures, watching the Debian bug list, and so on.

> Sometimes, this can be the same person, but usually not.  Regardless, it is
> a significant additional workload (especially if the person is not a DD
> already).

> Thus, I don't think it's reasonable to expect Ubuntu packagers (in general)
> to also maintain their packages in Debian.  Where individual circumstances
> permit, this is of course a good thing, but it can't be a prerequisite for
> doing Ubuntu packaging work.

> Perhaps a useful middle ground would be to create a system to connect Ubuntu
> packages which are not yet in Debian with Debian developers who are
> interested in packaging them?

In the relationship health check at UDS, we discussed filing RFA bugs
against the Debian wnpp for this purpose.

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Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
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