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Re: Ubuntu-GIS - how to help?


Alan Boudreault wrote:
Hi Cameron,

I'm wondering if i could do something to help you?
Yes, lots.

I think the first steps is to define what needs to be done, and how to do it - which is what I was doing by tweaking the debian-gis thermometer script to support ubuntugis.

One we collectively know what needs to be done, then people can volunteer to take on chunks of work that interest them.

Then package something, and write the process involved in packaging so that others can follow your footsteps. The process should be put be linked from here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuGIS#For%20developers%20and%20packagers
(I haven't gone through this process yet so am still on a learning curve).

Open questions for me:
* What are the deadlines for getting packages into the various Debian/Ubuntu repositories? * What is the upstream status and versions of all the Ubuntu packages? How should we maintain this information? (This should be shared between DebianGIS and UbuntuGIS).
* How should we track issues and status of packaging?
* What versioning system should we use?

A very high value contribution would be to package one of the java GIS packages as this has not been done yet and will help open up the whole java stack to packaging. Ladon Blake, this might be something you would be interested in, by packaging Open JUMP?

 Also, did you see my
post on Ubuntu-GIS Mailing List named " Public mailing list" ?
Yes, I had a look into adding non-developers to the email list and couldn't work out how to do it with the Ubuntu framework. We could set up another list on OSGeo infrastructure, but I'm loath to create yet another email list.

Cameron Shorter
Geospatial Systems Architect
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