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Re: Is Ubuntu a debian derivative or is it a fork?

On Wed, Jun 01, 2005 at 10:52:48AM +0200, Andreas Tille wrote:

> And I guess it is not by chance that packages which fit into this
> category often accumulate more and more very old, simply to fix
> and boring bugs.  I hope this can be solved since I heard several
> positive voices to make group maintainance more popular.

Inactive maintainers are one obstacle, but certainly not the only one.

> Having the Ubuntu maintainer as co-maintainer would be a drastical
> advance for both Debian and Ubuntu.

What problem do you feel would be addressed by such a scheme?  If we were to
ignore all of the obstacles which stand in the way of instituting it across
a huge number of packages, snap our fingers and say that Ubuntu developers
can now upload these packages in Debian, what problem would we have solved?

If your assumption is that Ubuntu (which has orders of magnitude fewer
developers than Debian) could solve Debian's problem of inactive maintainers
by taking over maintenance of these packages, this is far from the truth.

 - mdz

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