[Live-demo] Let's bring the OSGeo live packages to debian!

maplabs at light42.com maplabs at light42.com
Wed Sep 10 14:01:06 PDT 2014

Hi All -

  As I have said before, I believe that a better future can be made 
about by creating an OSGeo-backed repository as a reference source for 
the Live.. 

  A repository has to have *all* of: long term commitment, public 
trust, and technical execution. 

  I believe that OSGeo can bring together the ingrediants to maintain 
a long-term repository, and crucially, to prepare for new systems in 
the future.. Before responding, please consider these critical factors:

  * Java is increasingly significant, and has its own ways of dealing 
with community, distributions and versioning, outside of any legacy 
repository systems

  * Javascript libraries are quickly moving, and related to massive 
browser projects and massive hosting infrastructure,  
outside of any legacy repositories

  * as the joke goes, the Debian package format is terrible, except 
that it is better than any other of even-more terrible packaging 
systems. I believe that new innovation in systems will bring lighter 
and more facile ecosystems in the future, and the OSGeo Live should be 
ready for this and embrace it

  thank you very, very much for the packaging, and, simply pouring all 
results into Debian GIS will not bring about the long-term evolution 
that is being seen now, in my opinion

  once again, please consider these points, all of them, before responding

  best regards from Portland FOSS4G
  Brian M Hamlin

On Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:48:29 +0200, Johan Van de Wauw 
<johan.vandewauw at gmail.com> wrote:
Hello everyone,
> One of the goals for OSGeo live 8 was having more programs packaged as
> deb files. Although we are still far from installing everything from
> deb at least some programs were packaged, and this actually helped the
> build process a lot. 
> With OSGeo live version 8 released, perhaps now is a good time to make
> sure those packages get into debian as well. 
> The steps that you need to do are well documented in the packaging
> pages of the debian GIS policy [1]. I'd suggest that everyone who
> currently has a package or wants to build a package at least does the
> first step: filing an ITP bug. This is just a way to make sure that
> nobody else starts doing the same thing without contacting you. 
> Debian freeze is approaching (5th of november), so better no
> procrastination, or your package will not be in the next release :-)
> So for those of you sitting at a boring talk at foss4g or cannot sleep
> after having had many great talks: start bringing packages to debian
> :-)
> Johan
> [1] http://pkg-grass.alioth.debian.org/policy/packaging.html
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