[Pkg-owncloud-maintainers] Bug#816376: Unfit upstream

David Prévot taffit at debian.org
Tue Mar 1 11:07:10 UTC 2016

Package: owncloud
Version: 7.0.12~dfsg-2
Severity: serious
Tags: upstream

Upstream doesn’t wish to see their software in Debian anymore. Unless
the situation changes in the next few months, owncloud will not be part
of Stretch.

Quoting the Debian Developer's Reference [3.1.4]:

“If you find that the upstream developers are or become hostile towards
Debian or the free software community, you may want to re-consider the
need to include the software in Debian. Sometimes the social cost to the
Debian community is not worth the benefits the software may bring.”


Fedora also gave up a few months ago, the end of Adam Williamson message
applies roughly to us too (I just changed s/Fedora/Debian/):

”Upstream does of course provide ownCloud packages in an OBS repo. They
do not follow [Debian] web app packaging policies or unbundling rules,
and probably don't work very well with SELinux. Switching from the
[Debian] packages to the OBS ones is likely to require moving
various things around and config file editing and stuff. I'm not going
to document that, sorry. If anyone else does, though, that'd be great.“



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