[Pkg-ayatana-devel] Bug#609278: progress on Unity?

Andrew Starr-Bochicchio a.starr.b at gmail.com
Mon Mar 21 15:20:12 UTC 2011

On Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 9:59 AM, Adnan Hodzic <adnan at foolcontrol.org> wrote:
>> On Sun, 20 Mar 2011, Jon Dowland wrote:
>>> Has there been any progress on this ITP?
>> Not that I know. You're welcome to help, Adnan is doing lots of other
>> stuff already and pkg-ayatana is largely understaffed in general.
> Thank you Raphael for this very thoughtful observation, as it is
> absolutely true.
> I kind of paused this whole process at the moment, was even thinking
> of adding RFH tag to this ITP if that's even possible. Implementation
> of Unity into Debian requires immense amount of work to be done, and
> I'm not even sure it can be done by one person. Before I paused this
> process, huge deal of packages were missing in Debian, even in case
> they were present in Debian they required patching. Of course, these
> packages could be repackaged directly from Ubuntu as they are already
> patched and working nicely in Ubuntu.
> Before resuming this process I believe we need to figure out which way
> to go. I assume it's patching current Debian packages. As Raphael
> already said, I'm doing bunch of other stuff, so help would be highly
> appreciated. If I could get extra pair of hands and where we would
> divide duties among ourselves I believe this whole process could be
> finished relatively fast.

We should probably have a larger discussion on pkg-ayatana-devel about
goals/plans for the group in Wheezy, but a first step that would be
useful would be to make sure http://wiki.debian.org/Ayatana/Packages
is up-to-date. Currently it only has the packages which integrate into
GNOME 2.X sessions, not all of the stuff required for Unity. We could
probably also use a page that tracks/examines what patches to
non-Ayatana packages that Ubuntu is carrying in order to build Unity.

Also, it should be noted that Unity is currently implemented as a
plugin to the Compiz 0.9.x branch. Which is only in experimental, so
uploads need to be targeted there.

- Andrew Starr-Bochicchio

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