Ubuntu giving back to Debian: facts and numbers!

January 2nd, 2008 by lucas

I’ve always been annoyed by the discussions about “is Ubuntu really giving back to Debian?”. Debian Developers usually don’t see a lot of “giving back”, and Ubuntu Developers complain about Debian Developers ignoring their bug reports and patches.

So, a few months ago, I proposed that Ubuntu developers use a usertag when they report bugs to the Debian BTS, so they can be tracked.

Results are available:

Comments:

  • It’s really good to see Ubuntu developers reporting bugs and contributing patches to Debian!
  • … But more bugs (and patches) would be better, of course. Let’s continue the good work!
  • Many patches are applied very fast in Debian (as usual), but in some cases, the patches are ignored (as usual, too). It would be great if Debian Developers could treat those bugs as higher priority, since it makes life easier on the Ubuntu side (less difference means less work)

If you are an Ubuntu Developer, read wiki.u.c/Bugs/Debian/Usertagging for the details on how to tag the bugs you file. Note that the submittodebian script in the ubuntu-dev-tools package already sets the usertags.

4 Responses to “Ubuntu giving back to Debian: facts and numbers!”

  1. Thomas wrote on 01/2/08 at 4:24 pm :

    Many patches are applied very fast in Debian (as usual), but in some cases, the patches are ignored (as usual, too).

    To be fair, as with all patches, many are good quality, many are plainly not.

  2. Vincent Bernat wrote on 01/3/08 at 9:55 pm :

    What page could we look in Ubuntu world to get aware of problems reported in the Ubuntu version of a package and that are not being forwarded in Debian BTS? I mean, is there something as neat as http://qa.debian.org/developer.php for Ubuntu?

  3. lucas wrote on 01/3/08 at 11:55 pm :

    Vincent, see bug http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=379063 about that.

    Maybe a patch would help… The problem is that Launchpad doesn’t provide an easy way to fetch the information about bugs currently.

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