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Re: Debian ppa

William Grant, 2010-09-23 16:31:57 +1000 :


> While Launchpad.net does not provide Debian PPAs, what prevents you from
> taking the Launchpad code, rebranding it, and running your own instance?

Based on a presentation given by Jonathan Lange (product strategist for
Launchpad) at LSM this summer, the Launchpad code was never *really*
intended to be run in other instances than launchpad.net.  It was
initially a “that would be nice” feature, but nobody really took some
time to do it, and it wasn't a constraint taken into account when
designing the evolutions.  The code was eventually made publicly
available after much nagging, but a friend of mine who tried installing
it ran away screaming, much like I initially ran away screaming when I
started fiddling with Sourceforge.  It took several years (and two
forks/renamings) to have *Forge packages that can actually be installed
with a reasonably low effort.

  Also, still according to Jonathan, there are several people working
full-time on Launchpad sysadmin at Canonical.  We at Debian don't have
that kind of resources.

> It does require some changes to work with Debian's suites, but that
> would be far easier than reimplementing all the functionality yourself.

  Given the above, I strongly doubt that.  Adding PPA-like functionality
to FusionForge *might* be easier, since we already have Alioth, but even
that would be a significant amount of work, if only to setup the
build-daemons for that new service.

Source^WGForge^WFusionForge maintainer since summer of 2000 and
*still* not quite mad (or am I?).
Roland Mas

Bada, bada, ba-da-da-daaa, doudou, doudou, dou-dou-dou-dou-baaa.
  -- in Song without words #1 (Paul Leavitt)

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