Getting new packages into Ubuntu

Colin Watson cjwatson at
Wed Sep 21 09:41:43 UTC 2011

On Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 10:07:02PM +0100, Colin Watson wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 04:51:37PM -0400, Marc Deslauriers wrote:
> > 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?
> My observation is that Debian is more proactive about removing packages
> that are no longer maintained than we are, and we semi-automatically
> follow removals from Debian.

It occurs to me that the essential conflict here is between approaches
that maximise the health of Ubuntu as a distribution, and approaches
that maximise the productivity of individual newcomer developers.  The
goals overlap, but not perhaps as much as we might like.  No, I don't
know how to resolve this ...

Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson at]

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