Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Status of Ubuntu Packaging Guide

Hi all,

There are many problems with the current state of our Packaging Guide [1]:

* Half of it talks about Ubuntu Distributed Development, which is no longer
a living thing.
* Another part is a bit outdated, as it is mostly unmaintained, while our
tools and methods continuously evolve. Also that other part is mostly
redundant, as the Debian documentation talks about the same things.
* There are 63 bugs [2] at the moment, and almost nobody looks at them.

Daniel Holbach who was one of the main contributors, left Canonical [3] in
December, and since then we had almost no changes apart from translations
(except for two Laney's fixes — thanks!).

Unless someone wants to take this project over, I propose the following:

* Remove ubuntu-packaging-guide package from Debian and Ubuntu archives.
* Turn the current website into a collection of links to other resources
(i.e. those from [4]).


[1]: http://packaging.ubuntu.com/html/
[2]: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu-packaging-guide
[3]: https://daniel.holba.ch/blog/2016/12/taking-a-break/
[4]: http://packaging.ubuntu.com/html/#further-reading

Dmitry Shachnev