I am interested in making Wikibase available as a package for Debian OS.
This would allow easy installation and maintenance of Wikibase instances
for any Debian user. Mediawiki, for example, is already available as a
Debian package, and is reported to be installed at least on 700 Debian
However, having software in Debian requires some commitment from its
developers ("upstream"). Debian is released once in two years, with
security support for some three years. Once released with Debian,
versions of packages normally do not change (Debian 9, released in 2017,
has Mediawiki v1.27.7). Nevertheless, security flaws have to be patched,
best if in coordination with the upstream.
I am wondering whether the developers of Wikibase would be interested in
having Wikibase in Debian? If so, would they be willing to provide
security support for versions of Wikibase released with Debian?
Hi everyone :)
We do want to allow more and more people to run their own Wikibase
instance. As part of that we want to allow people to deeply connect
these Wikibase instances among each other and especially with
Wikidata. We also want to allow them to benefit from work done in
other Wikibase instances and especially Wikidata, like the definition
and refining of properties. As people talk and think about this it is
often referred to as Federation. However there is the problem that we
don't talk about the same thing when we say Federation but instead
about a multitude of related features. In order to move the
development forward we need to sort out what people actually want and
need to make sure we're actually developing something useful. I opened
a page for collecting your input here:
Lydia Pintscher - http://about.me/lydia.pintscher
Product Manager for Wikidata
Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.
Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24
Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e. V.
Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg
unter der Nummer 23855 Nz. Als gemeinnützig anerkannt durch das
Finanzamt für Körperschaften I Berlin, Steuernummer 27/029/42207.