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State of the Debian-Ubuntu relationship

State of the Debian-Ubuntu relationship

Posted Nov 27, 2010 23:42 UTC (Sat) by marcH (subscriber, #57642)
Parent article: State of the Debian-Ubuntu relationship

> Debian maintainers who already have enough bugs on their packages are obviously not interested in even more bugs, but those who are maintaining niche packages, with few reports, might be interested by the user feedback available in Launchpad.

Indeed.

If you maintain a (small) package in distribution X, yet never have a look at what is happening to the same package in other popular distributions Y and Z, then it means you are more interested in having "X maintainer (Y sucks)" printed on your business card than in actually performing the maintenance.

Unfortunately this does happen. Sometimes you find a bug in distro X that has been patched many months ago in Y, and the X maintainer is surprised when you copy/paste the patch into his mailbox.

In a perfect world we would all be using the Single True Great Linux Distribution and there would be only one bug tracker to follow. In the real world it does not look like such a massive effort to browse a few of them and deal with the corresponding duplication. I mean except for big and fast moving pieces like Xorg or the kernel.


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State of the Debian-Ubuntu relationship

Posted Nov 28, 2010 2:58 UTC (Sun) by vonbrand (guest, #4458) [Link]

That if why "work with upstream" is so important: Maintainers are a scarce resource, adding the checking of a dozen different bugtracking systems, looking over sources in a variety of formats (and probably based on different versions) to distill relevant patches is just too much.

State of the Debian-Ubuntu relationship

Posted Nov 28, 2010 11:24 UTC (Sun) by marcH (subscriber, #57642) [Link]

> That if why "work with upstream" is so important

Yes of course, but in some cases upstream sucks.

There are way less than a dozen popular Linux distributions with active bug trackers.


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