> Old debian source packages (subsurface-1.2-1 and libdivecomputer-0.1.0), > could also be of some value. > > I'm really looking forward to see latest subsurface/libdivecomputer in > debian, as soon as it can be done. It'll most probably be unstable, but This thread is interesting. I faced about the same challenges when working on packaging pYtrainer for Debian (Pytrainer is a Python application for sports tracking, mostly used by runners and bikers). Being supported in Debian wasn't judged as very "interesting" by upstream developers : about the same feeling that Debian is only used by "hackers" (those pizza-eating/beer-drinking weirdos that can only live by facing a screen) and it would be more "interesting" for them to be supported in Ubuntu. The latter being of course the distro of choice of non techies because "it's easy to use and install". Still, well, the only way to have decent Pytrainer packages (I mean, packages that can survive upgrades and deal with various combinations of Python environment and libraries) has been by having those packages prepared in Debian by Debian developers.....not having packages prepared in a random ppa by a random person who can only guarantee that packages work on his|her own system..:-) That was the point : doing the work in Debian guaranteed that our quality criteria did benefit to the quality of the resulting packages and this, up to derived distro users. There are certainly probably 10, or 20, or 30 more users of Pytrainer packages on Ubuntu systems than Debian systems. But, indeed, all those can use this nice software because we did prepare the packages with our Debian "culture" in mind (the original culprit for these packages is Noèl Köthe, not me, by the way). So, yes, if people are interested in getting this diving software ported and well-supported in many deb-based distros as possible, I would highly recommend doing the work in Debian. That would even be a good way to discover that those Debian weirdos are not all pizza eaters and beer drinkers and that some might even dive very well, just like some Debian weirdos happen to run or bike not so badly...:-) How about joining the pkg-running umbrella? It's quite some time that stuff we maintain in this team is more "sport stuff" than "running stuff" anyway.
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