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Re: PPAs for Debian

On Tue, May 03, 2011 at 11:30:41PM +0200, Stefano Zacchiroli wrote:
> On Tue, May 03, 2011 at 02:46:11PM -0600, René Mayorga wrote:
> > > Yes, absolutely. I'd even dare to say that having something like PPA for
> > > Debian is a priority. 
> > 
> > I do not agree on this, if the package is good enough and has somebody willing
> > to maintain it, the package may belong to the archive.
> There are two views of PPAs, one is internal for developers, one is
> external for users.
> The internal for developers is offering a lightweight framework to
> experiment with changes that would be otherwise unfeasible to experiment
> with (for a whole lot of reasons, e.g.: it's freeze time and you can't
> upload "dangerous" stuff; you can't use experimental because you're
> already using it with another development line; you want to show that
> you've valuable changes to offer also for packages you do not maintain
> and with which the legitimate maintainer disagree and want to be
> convinced you're right). According to that view, PPAs are nothing short
> of a "debhub" (see one of the first mails from Pierre Habouzit in this
> thread, who has surely described this concept better than me in this
> paragraph).
> The view above is the one I see as a priority for Debian

Great, thanks for the clarification.

> After all, in that  respect what is the difference between that and unofficial APT
> repositories that many of us already maintain at people.d.o/~something
> or something.debian.net? Do you want to shut them down as well?

no, I was expressing over the PPA as an official services that allow users to
upload any package without any quality control.



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