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[internal-projects] [Debian-multimedia] Start an official internal project!



Hi All,

after one year of work and having reached release 0.9 i definitely
think that is time to start a Debian-Multimedia internal-projects.

The DeMuDi experience was and still is good - talking about experiences,
"good" means that you learn also the good and the bad part of it-, but
then now, even more than when i started originally the project with
Guenter Geiger, I'm aware that there is no chance for the project for
growing and lasting in the future if it does not become quite urgently a
Debian internal projects.

I would like to start some formal discussion and get opinions from
Debian devel and maintainers -especially those that would be obviously
involved. Plus i would like to take the *official* steps to start such a
subproject- i know from Ben Armstrong howto that this is not very much
defined yet... actually this would be another good reason to start such
a project so that how to could be taken to an end...-

Here i will annotate some reasons why i think is time to start such a
project that could be an input for further discussion and criticism...
Maybe this considerations are good for those that are tempted to start a 
"satellite" project rather than a "internal project"

i would skip the obvious, and obviously huge well known advantages of
being inside the Debian project and not just being a satellite....such
as a well working structure, mirrors, translations etc...IN any case 
this itself it is enough to justify...

1) Collaboration, cooperation, discussion and involvement with Debian 
maintainers is much easier, obvious and reasonable from within the project 
rather than from outside (even if the outside group is based on 
volunteer job or small grant received, there is always the suspicion 
that you want to take advantage of other people work, which does not 
sound good).

2) changes and policy to make a good subproject could be discussed by a 
group so every maintainer can put is tip on the matter and the result is 
a better integrated group of applications.

3) Better integration with the other internal projects

4) A group that at the end is quite small can't take care, develop and 
maintain an entire distribution even if based on an existing 
distribution, without compromising the quality of the project.


...and there is more of course...
So what to do next?

looking forward to read replies...i'm very interested also to hear from 
the maintainers that could obviously be directly involved in this 
internal project.
	
		ciao,
		marco trevisani



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