I'm giving it a try.
In this specific case, maintaining also means developing some code (in
python) to properly integrate those ubuntu-originated software in Debian.
Those software are important for many beginners using the Debian desktop
so I hope we will find some volunteers. They have been removed from
testing due to RC bugs (though those are relatively easy to fix) and
really need some love as bugs tend to accumulate otherwise.
Le best-seller français mis à jour pour Debian Etch :
Date : 2 juin 2008 22:02:21 HAEC
Objet : Rép : Policy wrt to removal of packages which are part of a task
On Mon, 2008-06-02 at 16:33 +0200, Raphael Hertzog wrote:
Josselin told that they need volunteers in the Gnome team to take care of
those packages and that he should prod Gustavo. Loic then told that we
shouldn't count on Gustavo because he sent a mail a few months ago stating
that he had no time for Debian anymore.
Not really for all of my work in Debian (although for a large chunk of
it =/), but I didn't have enough time to keep up the work
update-notifier requires. It is quite a lot of utnubu work, figuring out
where ubuntu deviates from Debian on stuff such as python-apt, and it
does involve writing a bit of code and sending patches to the ubuntu
maintainer from time to time.
As for the removal of update-*, the problem does seem to be quite
straightforward to solve, but it would really be nice to try to upgrade
the package to the newest ubuntu version, too. While I have no time to
be the responsible maintainer, I'm up for working with anyone who wants
to get those back into testing.