Who can get NEW source packages into Ubuntu?

Emilio Pozuelo Monfort pochu at ubuntu.com
Thu Nov 6 21:01:26 GMT 2008

Luca Falavigna wrote:
> Emilio Pozuelo Monfort ha scritto:
>> I agree with this: we don't want unmaintained packages in Ubuntu. Most of the
>> packages have a maintainer in Debian (and there may or may not be people in
>> Ubuntu caring for them). But getting new packages directly into Ubuntu means we
>> rely on ourselves to completely maintain those packages.
> That's the most crucial and interesting part: how many packages we
> maintain are not touched since ages? If we look at MDT output [1], we
> can see there are ~ 1000 packages in Universe/Multiverse not available
> in Sid, this is bad because Debian doesn't ship useful packages and
> MOTUs need to care at them without sharing maintainership with Debian.
> I guess there are many packages never touched and with several open
> bugs, they will probably stay the same forever, unless we agree on a
> solution: working with some interested DDs to incorporate them in
> Debian, fix them in a sane way or just drop them from the archives.
> Ideas are appreciated.

Thanks for the numbers. I think limiting new source upload contributions to UUC
and developers will help to avoid this number from increasing more and more.


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