Multimedia teams merge
Currently, there are two multimedia teams in Debian. The DebianMultimedia and pkg-multimedia teams have been focusing on different but similar purposes. The first one focuses on making Debian a great distribution for an audio/video workstation, meanwhile the second focuses on the packaging of multimedia applications, primarily codec libraries and media players.
Recently there has been discussion on merging these two projects into one. See this mail thread for the full discussion. There seems to be agreement that the two teams should be merged. This page for coordination of the merger. Feel free to object any point if you have a good rationale for it.
- Packaging guidelines:
- Packages should use git.
Upstream sources should be kept in the upstream branch and the the debian packaging in the master branch.
Quilt should be used for patch management, and the master branch should only differ from the upstream branch in files inside the debian/ directory. This means no direct changes to the source.
The maintainer field should be set to Debian Multimedia Maintainers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The git repository should be hosted in alioth, under the pkg-multimedia project. It should forward commit messages to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
- You can use the setup-repository script in /git/pkg-multimedia to create the bare repository with commit messages enabled. The repository should be named as the source package name for the message forwarding to work (eg, the repository for source package liblo is named liblo.git).
- The control file should use the Vcs-Git and Vcs-Browser tags.
- Existing packages move to git on a best-effort basis with no fixed deadline.