Expanding Universe



Provide one-stop shopping for everything packaged in .deb format and create a panel for user requests then do the packaging on our own.


Users request loads of new software and add source repositories to their /etc/apt/sources.list, which we have no control over:

  1. the used Build-Dependencies
  2. bug reports; and
  3. the user involvement

Scope and Use Cases


  • Working with third parties to improve the overall quality of their packages
  • Formalize requirements for packages to be imported, similar to MOTUNew process

Use Cases

  • Oliver wants to have marlin, the fancy new GNOME sound editor, installed, but after one week of research, he found it isn't in Ubuntu yet.

  • Jorge heard of this mono repository, which have all the nice apps the guys praise in their blogs and finally finds a way to "improve" his /etc/apt/sources.list

Implementation Plan

  1. Edit http://wiki.ubuntu.com/UniverseCandidates to have

    1. list of software, stating:
      • name
      • link to source code
      • status, is one of
        • not taken care of
        • stating name of maintainer
        • resolved
    2. comments section
      • veto, stating
        • package name
        • maintainer
        • rationale
      • user comments
        • package name
        • name
        • rationale
  2. announce it on ubuntu-users@lists.ubuntu.com

  3. research for new
  4. 2 weeks before release:
    1. start (already existing) script, which will

      • check source repositories for NEW packages
      • get source packages
      • try to build them
      • generate mail templates to source package maintainer
    2. mail package maintainers and inform them about the inclusion of the package and invite them to participate in the MOTU Team

Data Preservation and Migration

Packages Affected

User Interface Requirements

Outstanding Issues

UDU BOF Agenda

  • Prioritization
  • Notifying third parties when we import their packages, and inviting them to become Ubuntu members and maintainers

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