The how-can-i-help program hooks into APT to list opportunities for contributions to Debian (orphaned packages, bugs tagged 'gift') for packages installed locally, after each APT invocation. It can also be invoked directly, and then lists all opportunities for contribution (not just the new ones).
Opportunities for contribution
The gift tag indicates bugs that are suitable for new contributors to Debian, willing to make a gift to Debian maintainers, or to Debian in general.
gift is a usertag, but the bts command has a shortcut for it: bts tag 12345 + gift
For more information, see qa.debian.org/GiftTag.
There are different kind of Work-Needing and Prospective Packages:
Orphaned (O): the package is unmaintained, feel free to adopt it
Request For Adopter (RFA): maintainer looking for adopter, but continues work in the meantime. Feel free to adopt it. A mail to the current maintainer is polite
Intent To Adopt (ITA): someone intends to adopt the package. You could propose your help!
For more information about the process of adopting packages, refer to the Packaging Tutorial.
- Useful documentation:
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