Making the applet part of the official repository

Asked by sachit

This is a very very naive question, but why isn't the recent notifications applet part of the official repository? How can one move to have it added there (or better still, part of the official ubuntu install)?
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Best Jason Conti (jconti) said :

Generally new packages end up in Ubuntu by first getting it accepted to Debian. Nobody ever went through the effort to do that (including myself), so that's why it isn't in the official repositories. I think having it in a PPA is good enough for most purposes.

As it is, I don't really don't use either the applet (since I use Unity) or the indicator anymore. I really only work on them at all when somebody emails me to update the PPA for a new Ubuntu release, or when somebody encounters a bug.

If it were to be included in one of the official repositories, it would probably have to be by someone other than me, who is willing to fix bugs when they find them.

Though in that case, I think their effort would be better spent writing something better, maybe an Android-style notification system, or something like gnome-shell has. I noticed a few months ago notify-osd is being completely rewritten, so maybe once that matures we can get some of the features in that directly.

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sachit (staticd-growthecommons) said :

Thanks Jason Conti, that solved my question.