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

On Wed, 1 Jun 2005, Matt Zimmerman wrote:

What problem do you feel would be addressed by such a scheme?
  1. Getting a problem fixed in Debian.
  2. Do not force the Ubuntu maintainer to apply his patch for
     new versions of Debian packages
  3. Prevent that packaging drifts away heavily.

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?
This is kind of simplifying the words I wrote.  I was not talking about just
every Ubuntu developer should automagically be putted into the Uploaders list.
But I see no reason to ignore this possibility which would help both
parties in the case of the problematic packages you were talking about.

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.
Did I assumed this really?
If I would be an Ubuntu developer I would try to fix the root of the problem
to safe my own time.  This is what I was talking about.

Kind regards



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