Co-maintainers to assist upstreams with their packages in Extras

Jason L Tibbitts III tibbs at
Sun Oct 15 04:56:02 UTC 2006

It's an unfortunate fact that our sponsorship process makes things
rather difficult for an upstream who would simply like to make their
software available in Extras.  They don't want to submit multiple
packages and they aren't generally interested in doing a lot of extra
community work.  Some might say that if they're not interested in the
community then they shouldn't be a maintainer (with all of the
attendant access this brings), but I think that the gift of their
software should count for something.  Frankly I think that we should
encourage upstream software authors to become involved with Extras
instead of letting the packages sit endlessly in the purgatory of the
FE-NEW queue.

One proposed solution to this involves finding an existing Fedora
package maintainer to co-maintain the package.  This gives the
benefits of bringing together someone intimately familiar with the
software and someone already familiar with Fedora policies and
procedures.  I think it's a pretty good idea, but it does require that
someone step up to co-maintain.

So, would anyone object to trying this out with a couple of packages?
To start, is there anyone interested in co-maintaining libssa (A C++
Object-Oriented network library)?

You don't need to be a sponsor, just an existing maintainer.  I'll do
the sponsorship bit once the package review is complete.

 - J<

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