A restricted DebianGis meeting happened in Edimburgh at last day of DC7 2007-06-23 15:00+0100. People from DebianGis team present were FrancescoLovergine, PaulWise, Petter Reinholdtsen. Also present Andreas Tille, of DebianMed.
We brainstormed about the status of the project and possible improvements.
Lack of human resources is a major problem for DebianGis as well as other sub-projects in Debian. We need to improve the situation and concentrate efforts where they are really required. It needs some promotion, blogging and stuff to be more sexy for general developers and possibly free GIS folks community.
It is better to drop the current DebianGis archive, which has also issues due to debpool defects, just to use backports.org for backporting stuff, which also provides multi-arch buildd support. A few packages still missing in main and present in the DebianGis archive need to be moved into SVN before that. Their current status is unknown. (DONE)
- Preparing regular reports for d-d-a every 6 months or so for recruitment of new interested people and show the global status of the project to all interested parties.
Maintaining a wiki page to collect things done when they are done, in order to prepare the half-year status report. That page is now DebianGis/StateOfTheMap (DONE)
Starting working on Java stuff before the java-in-main happens, just to be prepaired for that. Packages can be uploaded to contrib, then moved to main.
- Collecting CPAN perl stuff to be packaged for freegis developers.
- Collecting Python stuff ?
- Running piuparts on all d-gis packages for QA maintainance. Frankie is waiting a project box for that and possibly other project maintainance uses.
Proposals for DebianGis status page improvements:
- adding a column for testing (DONE)
- adding BTS stuff (RC bugs for instance) for all packages of interest
adding secondary dependencies in order to know what external blockers (non DebianGis) could be around that we need to push by means of a QA action.
dividing packages in two parts for primary interest and also useful stuff.