[Freedombox-discuss] Introductions

Jonas Smedegaard dr at jones.dk
Mon Aug 30 11:43:09 UTC 2010

On Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 11:14:48AM +0000, Bjarni Rúnar Einarsson wrote:
>On Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 10:04 AM, Jonas Smedegaard <dr at jones.dk> wrote:
>> On Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 11:48:09AM +0200, Michiel de Jong wrote:
>>> On Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 11:15 AM, Jonas Smedegaard <dr at jones.dk> 
>>> wrote:
>>>> As I see it, this FreedomBox project may not need to ever write a 
>>>> single piece of code!
>>> Good point, thank you. Understanding that, I will probably work on 
>>> my own project, separate from FreedomBox, and way upstream from it 
>>> as you say.
>>> I will follow your progress, and if at any point I feel I have 
>>> something that could be useful for the FreedomBox, then I'll let you 
>>> know.
>> Great!  Do keep us updated, and please stay subscribed.
>> I do not mean to kill enthusiasm, on the contrary: I worry that 
>> creating-code initiatives have a high risk of getting nowhere if 
>> attempted to be realized here.  Too many cooks may spoil invention.
>I think you make an excellent point - there is lots and lots of 
>fantastic software out there, making what we already have easy to 
>deploy and use is the quickest way to come up with something useful and 
>start having impact. Rather than reinvent wheels, we should make the 
>ones we have as easy to use as possible.
>That said - do you have pointers (links etc.) for those of use who are 
>actually writing what we feel are missing pieces of this particular 
>puzzle, to help us make progress on adding our code to the Debian 
>package tree?

Good question!

To help improve already packaged pieces, try 
http://www.debian.org/intro/help (especially point 4).

To tell Debian that you found/created some software that might be 
interesting for someone to package, file a so-called "RFP" (request for 
packaging) bugreport.  This is documented at 
http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/ but of you already use Debian or a 
derivative thereof, I recommend to *not* send a plain email but instead 
use the commandline tool "reportbug" found in the Debian package of the 
same name: That tool helps guide you through composing a well-formed 

When filing an RFP bugreport, you will 5-10 minutes later recieve a 
confirmation.  Check the mail headers: one of the email addresses 
contain a 6 digit number which is the bugreport number.  Add this number 
to the FreedomBox wiki page, to encourage Debian developers interested 
in FreedomBox to package your code.

Kind regards,

  - Jonas

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