Future of REVU and Debian Mentors

Scott Kitterman ubuntu at kitterman.com
Fri Aug 3 18:02:34 BST 2007

On Friday 03 August 2007 12:08, Jordan Mantha wrote:
> On 8/3/07, Reinhard Tartler <siretart at ubuntu.com> wrote:
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> > And please don't misunderstand me. I'm not saying no to launchpad. Au
> > contraire, I rather say, lets craft tools that fit and extend
> > launchpad. The launchpad guys are very open for suggestions and
> > collaboration with other open source projects. If we need interfaces,
> > I'm sure they can help us in many ways, even if its 'just' with advice.
> I totally agree. As I've said before, I don't think Launchpad will
> never fully meet all of MOTUs needs, it's just too general for that.
> What I'd like to see is the MOTU have a set of scripts and webapps
> that "fill in the gaps" for things we need but Launchpad doesn't
> provide. Obviously REVU was built as such, but perhaps it's time to
> move REVU to a frontend for PPA and bzr branches.

Well I'm probably sounding like a broken record on this stuff, but I don't, as 
a rule, volunteer my time to assist in the development of proprietary 
software.  If Canonical were to pay my consulting rate to assist in the 
development of Launchpad requirements to better meet MOTU needs I'd do it 
(not advertising here, just pointing out that they are a business and so am I 
and so expecting me to volunteer to do their proprietary business is 
unreasonable IMO), but in the mean time as a volunteer, I'm going to work on 

LP will be what it will be and we have zero control over that.  The deeper we 
embed ourselves in it, the less control we have over our future and how we 

Everyone is, of course, free to contribute how they see best.

In the MOTU tools arena, one that I've found Extremely useful are the pbuilder 
scripts that Laserjock developed.  Laserjock: If you'd update those with some 
kind of license for distribution, I think they'd be very useful and will 
probably package them or some slight derivative.

Scott K

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