Resurrecting “Debian package a day” ?

November 30th, 2006 by lucas

A long time ago (until Nov 2004), there was this good blog which described one cool Debian package every day. It allowed to discover a lot of interesting software, but it suddenly stopped being updated.

It would be nice to resurrect this. A team of editors could work on this, and readers could submit new entries. Editors wouldn’t need to be Debian users : we could have Ubuntu users too, and it would be a nice way to determine what are the things that have been packaged in Ubuntu that we should (but don’t) have in Debian yet.

Leave a comment if you would like to dedicate some time to this (either as an editor, or as a regular submitter of entries). If there’s enough manpower, I’ll try to setup a mailing list or something to discuss the minimum infrastructure we would need.

19 Responses to “Resurrecting “Debian package a day” ?”

  1. Kai wrote on 11/30/06 at 3:36 pm :

    I would like to submit entries. My first candidate: timeout. I use it to capture radio show real audio streams with mplayer

  2. Steve Kemp wrote on 11/30/06 at 3:56 pm :

    I would be interested, and would happily host it – either alongside my existing Debian site or as part of it.

    There have been several resurrenction attempts but finding the time / volunteers is the hard part.

    Steve

  3. Sven Arvidsson wrote on 11/30/06 at 4:30 pm :

    Sounds fun! Not sure if I have the time to serve as an editor, but I would like to submit entries.

  4. Randy Belk wrote on 11/30/06 at 5:18 pm :

    There already is a new site, it even updates hourly.

  5. Randy Belk wrote on 11/30/06 at 5:19 pm :

    For some reason the link did not work – http://potd.redsymbol.net

  6. lucas wrote on 11/30/06 at 5:23 pm :

    Randy: Well, the site you are pointing to seems to just fetch the Description of the package. debaday was explaining was the package was useful (describing use cases, etc). There was a lot more editorial work.

  7. Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier wrote on 11/30/06 at 5:39 pm :

    I’d be interested in helping out with this.

  8. Stoffe wrote on 11/30/06 at 5:50 pm :

    Sounds like a nice idea! I’m mainly an Ubuntu user, though I do manage a Debian server as well, so maybe I could contribute a few from that side/perspective. :) Could very well be interested in helping out, though it is hard to promise that I could do something *every* day at the moment… on the other hand, if it was possible to work a few days ahead now and then in the system, that would make things a lot easier. (Also true even with multiple editors).

    Apart from that, I would think it would be cool if such a list/feed was available in more formats than just blog/RSS, such as Google gadgets and more. This is a typical thing that people interested would like to add here and there for fun. :)

  9. Steve McIntyre wrote on 11/30/06 at 5:51 pm :

    Sounds cool, yeah. I’d like to help with suggestions, at the very least.

  10. Gretchen wrote on 11/30/06 at 8:44 pm :

    Sounds like a cool idea. I am pretty new to Ubuntu and linux but have 10+ yrs of experience in IT support and training. I’ve created and edited newsletters and stuff in the past and would love to help manage this great idea.

  11. element wrote on 11/30/06 at 10:16 pm :

    There used to be a replacement site at http://debaday.debian.net/
    But that’s down. Don’t know what happened to it. It would be cool to resurrect it though.

  12. Gouki wrote on 12/1/06 at 6:55 am :

    Sounds like a very good idea. Count me in!

  13. Filipus wrote on 12/1/06 at 10:01 am :

    I have nothing against allowing people who don’t use Debian submit entries, but covering stuff not available in Debian would be boring. We already have RFPs for stuff which should be packaged. These don’t have any priority though. Perhaps a wnpp-rfp could be split from wnpp, and bug severities
    against wnpp-rfp could then be used to reflect importance.

    You may want to contact the person(s) who were managing debaday to ask them why it was stopped. I suspect that it was generating low interest. Personally I would never check a website once a day just to learn about one new package.
    The format DWN uses to present new packages was good for me. I’d perhaps click for the extended description of one or two packages each issue. Now DWN is basically discontinued. I have two suggestions:
    1) revive just that part of DWN
    2) since most people who would be interested in debaday are testing/unstable users, make it easier to check new packages in repositories. Synaptic can already do this a bit, but the interface isn’t really adapted (the short description can be truncated if the columns aren’t adjusted). Also, rather
    than forcing users to check new packages each update, there could be a date stored, and Synaptic could display all newer packages until the user explicitly sets the date to the current date.
    On Adept’s side, everything needs to be done.

  14. antonioab wrote on 12/1/06 at 2:42 pm :

    I discovered the site through Liferea’s defaults rss feeds, and enjoyed discovering “new” packages (well, “new” for me, obviously). I’d be glad to help to resurrect the idea again.

  15. Zonker wrote on 12/2/06 at 9:37 am :

    Filipus, I’m reasonably sure that the reason debaday was stopped was due to time constraints — not because of lack of interest.

  16. Andre wrote on 12/3/06 at 6:29 pm :

    I submitted a few of the writeups to debaday. Beware that doing a good job is a LOT of work. I found writing a decent review of one package took around an hour, even though debaday wasn’t including screen shots or videos.

    Joey S has repeatedly requested help getting a “package of the week” feature into Debian Weekly news. That’d be 1/7 the work of a daily review. There’s still some WML code in the http://www.d.o CVS to automate it.

  17. Lucas Nussbaum’s Blog » Blog Archive » Resurrecting “Debian package a day”, part two. wrote on 12/7/06 at 12:23 pm :

    [...] Resurrecting “Debian package a day”, part two. After this blog entry, I thought for a while, and decided to take over Debian package a day. I’m well aware that it needs a lot of time, so I’ll try to make this a collaborative work: [...]

  18. T Shrinivasan wrote on 12/8/06 at 12:57 pm :

    I can be a enrey submitter. Really wonderful thing it is to learn new things about debian.

  19. Kurt Pfeifle wrote on 12/18/06 at 11:27 pm :

    I’ve submitted a little story just a minute ago.
    (It’s about “scli”, for all you nosy folks :-) ).