> I have had some of my code debianized. The package hasn't been updated
> since August 2005! What can I do? As the upstream developer, I've no
> particular rights as regards the packaging of my software. I don't think
> I can request mantainership be passed to me.
Maintainership is to some degree a formal affair. As a maintainer you get to decide, OTOH,
nothing prevents you as upstream to do the maintainer's work.
What you can do is apply the Debian diff.gz, include it upstream and improve it. That way, if
Debian's packaged version is in some respect lacking compared to upstream's, users can allways
download your version and build it directly with dpkg-buildpackage. And you can also offer
pre-built Debian packages.
That puts some competition/pressure into the game to offer the "best" package to the user and
can have a healthy effect on "stale" Debian packages. But beware: it can bruise egos, harm the
communication process etc.