Getting new packages into Ubuntu

Marc Deslauriers marc.deslauriers at
Mon Sep 19 20:51:37 UTC 2011

On Mon, 2011-09-19 at 20:55 +0100, Colin Watson wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 12:09:54PM -0700, Evan Broder wrote:
> > If we're going to focus on making this easier, can we focus on the
> > first two options? Historically speaking, packages that live solely in
> > Ubuntu and aren't part of any release's user experience tend to end up
> > largely orphaned by a MOTU team that's overworked and understaffed.
> Amen.  Even just from fixing builds over the last few weeks, I'm getting
> tired of fixing stuff that was stuffed into Ubuntu a few releases ago
> and then ignored!

I'm slightly curious. If someone managed to get a package in Ubuntu, but
then stopped maintaining it, why would encouraging him to get it into
Debian make him more likely to maintain it?

If I'm a developer who wants my package in Ubuntu, why would I want to
maintain it for Debian, a distro I don't even use?

It seems to me asking developers to get their software into Debian first
is likely to discourage them further.


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