On Thu, Sep 19, 2019 at 4:41 PM Andrius Merkys <andrius.merkys(a)gmail.com> wrote:
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?
Thanks for reaching out and wanting to package Wikibase.
In general I think this is a good idea but it might be a bit too early
for Wikibase? We're still in the phase of making Wikibase usable for
3rd party installations and I expect quite a few things to improve
over say the next 6 months. I'm a bit hesitant to leave people with an
inferior version for too long. Can you shed some light on the
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