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Re: [gNewSense-users] Yacy, Tor and Freenet in gNewSense-mipsel

From: Karl Goetz
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Yacy, Tor and Freenet in gNewSense-mipsel
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2010 10:08:00 +1030

On Mon, 15 Feb 2010 14:10:36 -0400
Freemor <address@hidden> wrote:

> On Mon, 15 Feb 2010 07:51:45 -0800
> Jason Self <address@hidden> wrote:
> > On Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 7:35 AM, davide89v <address@hidden>
> > wrote:
> > > This 3 packages: yacy tor
> > > and freenet
> > > will be available in gNewSense-mipsel?
> > 
> > I think that tor might already be available. Are you offering to
> > package & maintain the others?
> > 
> 1.) There is a clear guide some place on how to do it correctly

'clear' guide? can't comment. relevant documentation is debian
developers reference, new maintainer guide (warning: disgustingly out
of date), and debian policy.

> 2.) There is a mentor that I can e-mail If I get totally stuck

if you are interested in maintaing a new package long term, i suggest
getting it into debian, and then simply rebuilding for gNS. if you do
that, all debians mentoring infrastructure becomes available to you. If
you decide to keep it in house (which, tbh, i disaprove of) then you'll
have to try the dev list. Much less likely to get the required help
there though.

> 3.) The package is not being developed at a rate that would require me
> to repackage it every week (my life sometimes gets busy).

We don't control that variable - your upstream does.

> Now so that people answering know a bit about me. I understand and
> have skill with compiling from source. I'm have a good technical
> background and can solve most problems myself (my main reason for
> wanting a guide is to be sure that I don't miss any of the finer
> nuances required for a package meant for the masses.)

I'd expect any package proposed for gNS to be lintian clean, and a
non-native package (as a bare minimum). I'd hope it complies with
debian policy, but probably wouldn't have time to check that myself. On
the security front, I'd need to be able to reach your gpg key in the
web of trust with either of my keys.

> If things  go well with me taking on a package perhaps gNS should
> consider an "adopt a package" program where people can become
> maintainers for packages that either need tweaking for gNS (say to
> ensure freedom) or are in demand but not in the repository.

Or people could just _do_some_bloody_work_, and have a dev upload it
into the build network when its ready.

Karl Goetz, (Kamping_Kaiser / VK5FOSS)
Debian contributor / gNewSense Maintainer
No, I won't join your social networking group

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