Re: Is Ubuntu a debian derivative or is it a fork?
On Wed, 1 Jun 2005 08:08:02 +0200 (CEST), Andreas Tille
>If there are inactive maintainers in Debian why not starting group
>maintainance? The Ubuntu maintainer might be listed in the Uploaders
>field and find a sponsor to upload the package (in the best case the
>other maintainer). THis is called group maintainance and IMHO the
>biggest problem in Debian is that outsiders often assume they just
>have to wait until something in Debian is done.
A lot of Debian maintainers hang on to their packages like a hen over
her eggs and do not want to give away any authority over their
packages which they would to by accepting co-maintainers.
Two quite prominent examples are sysklogd, which is in not-too-good
shape with a gazillion of bug reports open, and ifupdown, which has
recently seen maintainer attention after years of limbo, and where the
maintainer has not extended the courtesy of even replying to a
co-maintainership offer by a group of people who have taken care of
the package during its disregarded phase.
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