Slightly off-topic but eh.
I'm looking at setting up an update service for Ubuntu Lucid called "Ubuntu AppUpdate". Developers would notify the team of their app updates and we would push them to our repo. It will be similar to GetDeb, but it will be based around Launchpad and PPAs and would have more extensive testing.
I realize that Ubuntu is already taking steps towards this in Maverick, but it may take them a few releases to get the process right due to reservations about updating applications between releases. The AppUpdate PPA would provide a way for Ubuntu Lucid users (or users of any Ubuntu derivative) to get the latest tested versions of their applications in the meantime.
How it would work:
Developers would notify the AppUpdate team via the mailing list about their package update, and a member of the team will push it to the "Testing" repository. If it is pushed to "Testing" and no problems appear by the end of the weekly cycle, it will be pushed by the team to "Stable" and all users with the PPA will be notified of the update.
All packages must be uploaded to a Launchpad PPA before they will be considered to be included in the Ubuntu AppUpdate PPA.
Note: Keep in mind, AppUpdate is only for individual applications like Chromium, Deluge and MPlayer, *not* the kernel, core libraries and the desktop environment. For the sake of stability and compatibility, packages that need core library updates will *not* be accepted.
I would like to invite you guys to try out Ubuntu AppUpdate. I have uploaded packages from around 20 PPAs into the AppUpdate Testing PPA. They should all work, but I would like to give them a rundown before they are pushed to the Stable PPA. If you have any suggestions for PPAs or packages, let me know.
If you would like to try it out, add the Ubuntu AppUpdate PPAs to your sources via the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:infinity-team/appupdate-stable
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:infinity-team/appupdate-testing
sudo apt-get update
If you have any problems with any of the packages, post the issue on the Ubuntu AppUpdate mailing list/forum
. The package will be promptly removed from the repositories.
PS If any of you would like to join the team and help out directly, feel to PM me.