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Day DebConf Day 7 (2010-08-07)
Room Davis Auditorium
Start time 14:00
Duration 01:00
ID 564
Event type lecture
Language en

Swimming upstream

Challenges packaging Koha for Debian

Debian is a huge project, with tens of thousands software packages, a thousand people, and hundreds of communication forums. Koha is large, old, somewhat crufty, free software system for running libraries (the kinds with books and stuff).

Koha upstream wants it packaged for Debian, and eventually included in Debian. Because of the sizes of both projects, and the established cultures and policies and habits, things are not always straightforward.

What are the challenges Koha faces? What can Koha do to make integration into Debian better? What could Debian do? What lessons can be learned to help other upstreams?

At work, I am packaging the Koha system as a Debian package, with the ultimate goal to upload it to Debian. This talk will chronicle the obstacles I have had to overcome, both upstream and in Debian, and discuss things Debian and upstream projects in general could do better.

This is sort of a "What I do after I retired from Debian" kind of talk.