In response to the recent ownCloud troubles, Martin Pitt has put together a proposal allowing for the removal of problematic packages from the Ubuntu repositories in the future. "In rare cases, an universe package becomes actively detrimental in stable releases: If it is unmaintained in Ubuntu and has unfixed security issues or got broken because of changing network protocols/APIs, it is better to stop offering it in Ubuntu altogether rather than continuing to encourage users to install it." Comments are requested.
November 12, 2014
A Proposed Policy to Remove Unfixable Packages from Ubuntu
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