Detecting At-Risk Projects in Debian

Speaker: Kaylea Champion

Language: English

Track: Packaging, policy, and Debian infrastructure

Type: Long talk (45 minutes)

Room: Talks 1

Time: Aug 25 (Wed): 23:00

Duration: 0:45

Debian maintainers work hard to produce quality packages – but some widely-used projects may be quietly falling behind over time. In this talk, I’ll describe my research to measure ‘underproduction’ in Debian: packages that are relatively low quality given their popularity. These underproduced packages are a source of software infrastructure risk.

This talk is accessible to end-users as well as maintainers and developers. You’ll walk away from the session with both my concrete results describing troubled packages and a way of thinking about at-risk software that you can apply to your own environment.

After the talk, let’s discuss your ideas about the possible sources and solutions to the challenges of underproduction.