That is my second day at the UDS in Brussels. I have attended some sessions about server and cloud yesterday. The Ubuntu people are better organized than the Debian people during Debconf. They are collaboratively preparing the sessions in Launchpad and make notes with the Gobby editor during the session. Gobby allows group editing via Internet. The release date helps to keep the focus on stuff that can be done within the time frame and helps to concentrate on getting results.
It will probably be only 5 months for Maverick because Mark asked for a release on 10.10.10 which is an interesting date after removing the dots and converting it to a decimal number. I am comparing it to Debian: Toy Story 3 will be shown in cinemas soon and the Squeeze character is promoting the film. Will we use such a coincidence for more public attention and will will we release our Squeeze soon? I am afraid that it won't happen.
Our last session yesterday was about Tomcat packaging improvements. Debian and Ubuntu are using and maintaining identical packages of tomcat6 using the alioth infrastructure of the pkg-java team. Some of our plans are:
- fixing postinst to read configuration values from /etc/default/tomcat6
- add debconf support to allow modification of /etc/default/tomcat6
- document alternatives to authbind since authbind does not support IPv6
- document 2 ways to package web applications using tomcat6 or tomcat6-user
- transition from the old libservlet2.-java packages to the current libservlet2.5-java package