[LAU] Join the Debian Multimedia Team! (to improve the state of Linux audio)

Grammostola Rosea rosea.grammostola at gmail.com
Sat Mar 14 06:46:58 EDT 2009

Grammostola Rosea wrote:
> Grammostola Rosea wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Many of the people of the Linux audio community uses Debian or a 
>> Debian based distro (Ubuntu (Studio), 64Studio, Musix, Sidux, Mepis 
>> etc. etc.). Most of those distro's uses and rebuild the packages of 
>> Debian (unstable).
>> There are a lot of audio packages build by the Debian Multimedia 
>> Team, but there are also a lot which are not in Debian yet (and so 
>> also not in Ubuntu (Studio), Sidux, 64studio etc.)
>> So there is a need for more people who wants to contribute to the 
>> Debian Multimedia Team. Again, you don't have to be a plain Debian 
>> user to contribute or to take advantage of it.  You will help to 
>> improve the state of Linux audio in general (at least the Debian 
>> based distro's and their community), which will be good for us all, 
>> but also for newbies who are not able yet to build all the packages 
>> themselves to enjoy all the nice things Linux audio has to offer. 
>> Also note that it is possible to build Debian unstable packages on 
>> other distro's then Debian itself (search for Pbuilder on the 
>> Internet for instance)!
>> It will also be good for the Linux audio developers and their 
>> software. It would be more easy to install, use, test and enjoy the 
>> software by the Linux audio community!
>> There are a lot of people these day who has an own (PPA) repo. This 
>> is ok, (and maybe it will be a good thing if the Linux audio 
>> developers make their packages available as much as possible in a 
>> Debian unstable repo/package, so it can be used on Debian and it is 
>> easy to rebuild it for Debian based distro's),
>> But to bundle forces and to get safe, stable and quality packages, 
>> joining the Debian Multimedia Team will get much better quality 
>> packages and you will help far more people then having your solo 
>> private repo...
>> *Why the Debian Multimedia Team? *
>> 1) Because they want to improve Debian for music production!
>> 2) Debian has an flexible, fast and easy package management
>> 3) A lot of people use Debian (based) distro's, Debian itself, Ubuntu 
>> (Studio), 64studio, Sidux, Mepis etc.
>> 4) You will learn to build quality packages
>> 5) You don't have to become a Debian developer (DD), you can just 
>> become and stay a package maintainer.
>> *What can I do?*
>> 1) Build or improve packages for the Debian Multimedia Team. It's 
>> recommended to maintain packages you use yourself often.
>> 2) Report bugs and wishes
>> 3) Join the Debian multimedia team mailing list: 
>> http://lists.debian.org/debian-multimedia/
>> *Where can I find more info?*
>> Wiki:
>> http://wiki.debian.org/DebianMultimedia
>> Packaging:
>> http://wiki.debian.org/DebianMultimedia/DevelopPackaging
>> Existing packages which needs help:
>> http://wnpp.debian.net/
>> Debian New Maintainers' guide:
>> http://www.debian.org/doc/maint-guide/ (!)
>> Bugs:
>> http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/pkgreport.cgi?which=maint&data=debian-multimedia%40lists.debian.org&archive=no&version=&dist=unstable 
>> It would be great if you choose one package which you uses a lot and 
>> maintain it for the Debian Multimedia Team! It would improve the 
>> quality of Linux audio and it will help the whole community!
> The email address of the Debian Multimedia Team has changed to:
> pkg-multimedia-maintainers at lists.alioth.debian.org
> Some people already took the step and are trying to build there first 
> package for the Debian Multimedia Team right now! :)
> Don't hesitate to join too!
The MOTUMedia team makes multimedia packages for Ubuntu and works close 
together with the Debian Multimedia Team. So if you are an Ubuntero, the 
best thing you could do is to subscribe to both teams!


For the Debian Multimedia Team, new people are now working on:

klick (gtklick)
among others...

This is great! :)

There are some packages which I (and others) do miss in Debian/ Ubuntu:

- LV2
- LV2 plugins
- Ingen, zynjacku and zyn
- jconv

- jack_mixer or livemix
- whysynth
- freeverb3
- (guitarix, don't know if it is ready for implementation yet)

So if you like to maintain one of these packages or others, please join! 
Would be very nice!

Thanks in advance,


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