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Re: DEX update and next steps

On Mon, 21 Mar 2011 11:37:26 +0000
Matt Zimmerman <mdz@debian.org> wrote:

> = Ubuntu Ancient Patches Project =
> Summary of current status:
> http://dex.alioth.debian.org/ubuntu/ancient-patches/status/
> The vast majority of these have been reviewed and confirmed to have
> been merged or otherwise fixed in Debian.  Thanks to David Paleino,
> Colin Watson, Nathan Handler and Steve Langasek for their
> contributions.

Congrats to those involved, thats an incredible start to the project.

> = Next Steps =
> I'd like to start compiling ideas for the next Ubuntu DEX project,
> once the above tasks have been completed.  Here are some ideas:

> - Patch sweep: Generate a list of outstanding Ubuntu patches in the
> Debian BTS (we have usertags for this) and help to get them all
> merged: work with the maintainers, rework patches as needed, make
> NMUs where the package is orphaned etc.

Is the 'we' here DDs working on ubuntu, or members of DEX (or both,
which i suspect is what you mean?).

> - New packages: Continue the Utnubu effort to identify packages which
> are new in Ubuntu and not in Debian yet, and try to get them into
> Debian (file WNPP bugs? upload orphaned packages? find maintainers?
> sponsor the Ubuntu maintainer?)

If this can help increase the number of sponsors (even if its just
for dex related packages) this would be a good thing.

> I'd appreciate your thoughts on these and suggestions for other
> projects. I would prefer to work on projects which can have a defined
> end point, which we can finish and move on, rather than open-ended
> projects like establishing new procedures, mentoring, and so on.
> Those are important too, but I think at this point there is a lot of
> concrete work we could do which will make a bigger difference in the
> short term, and help us learn more.

Karl Goetz, (Kamping_Kaiser / VK5FOSS)
Debian contributor / gNewSense Maintainer
No, I won't join your social networking group

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