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Re: Taking over maintainance of yaboot ?


I'm using the ppc port (VME boards and Power5 Power5+ and Power6 systems)
and I'd like to help.
I'm not a DD but I have upload rights because of my DM status (I maintain
and co maintain a few packages related to Ada).
I'm mainly an Ada and C developer.

Hope it will help, xavier
----------------original message-----------------
De: "Gaudenz Steinlin" gaudenz@debian.org
A: "debian-powerpc" debian-powerpc@lists.debian.org
Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2010 19:09:43 +0200
> Excerpts from Benjamin Cama's message of Don Sep 16 14:01:52 +0200 2010:
>> Hi,
>> I am trying to exactly understand the bugs that currently affect the
>> Debian PPC port and particularly yaboot. There are many bugs around it,
>> but even before trying to fix them, we should check if it's even
>> possible to get them applied?! And as we saw (a lot due to Rick Thomas
>> work) yaboot is currently unmaintained and as been so for a very long
>> time (see http://packages.qa.debian.org/y/yaboot.html ). I am Cc'ing
>> Aurélien Gérôme just in case, but without much hope, and Sven Luther has
>> left for a long time.
>> The problem is?: who could take yaboot over ? There are no DD that I
>> know of in the debian-ppc community and yaboot is quite arch-specific.
>> Furthermore, I am not very familiar with how such a take-over could take
>> place?: I've had a look at
>> http://www.debian.org/doc/developers-reference/beyond-pkging.html#
>> mia-qa
>> and I am planning to write to mia@qa.debian.org, but help on gathering
>> information is welcome. I am also wondering if a NMU could be possible.
>> Then, updating yaboot to the latest known active development branch
>> (http://yaboot.ozlabs.org/ ) would help a lot our port to stay alive, as
>> many have noted that Debian on PPC looks a bit dead from "outside".
>> Another problem is that a lot of information is lost because this
>> mailing-list is one of the "last" place to get information about Linux
>> on PPC for desktop users but digging in the archives is no always easy.
>> I think we should try to gather information on the wiki?:
>> http://wiki.debian.org/PowerPC
>> If anyone want to help have a correct PPC port for Squeeze, please
>> join?!
> I'm willing to sponsor packages. But the maintenance work has to be
> done by others. I currently don't have time to invest larger chunks of
> time into Debian PPC. Please contact me by private mail if you have
> PPC specific packages ready and are looking for a sponsor.
> I'm also willing to sponsor NMUs for any bugs that warrant an NMU. 
> So, no it's up to the non DDs careing about powerpc to do the work
> instead of just complaining that nobody cares ;-)
> Gaudenz
> --
> Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter.
> Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
> ~ Samuel Beckett ~

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