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    Who decides what's in Universe/Multiverse?

    Just wondering how it is decided which packages are included in the community-supported universe and multiverse repositories. All my web searches have uncovered is how to enable the repositories, which I've known how to do since 8.04. Is there a good overview somewhere?

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    Re: Who decides what's in Universe/Multiverse?

    Universe contains community-maintained packages which are fully open source.
    Multiverse are packages where the licensing may be questionable, depending on what they are and upon where the user maybe.

    See: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Repositories/Ubuntu
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    Re: Who decides what's in Universe/Multiverse?

    Quote Originally Posted by deadflowr View Post
    Universe contains community-maintained packages which are fully open source.
    Multiverse are packages where the licensing may be questionable, depending on what they are and upon where the user maybe.

    See: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Repositories/Ubuntu
    I understand that, but how is it decided what packages are included in them?

    ETA: To clarify, not how is it decided if a package belongs in universe vs. mutliverse, but how is it decided that it will be included in either in the first place?
    Last edited by jcwjcw42; 4 Weeks Ago at 06:22 PM.

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    Re: Who decides what's in Universe/Multiverse?

    The developer would have to make a request for the software to be included in Ubuntu. The licensing terms would separate Universe and Multiverse software at once. As for open source software there are hurdles to be jumped. Read about it.

    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuDevelopment/NewPackages

    If an application is packaged as a snap then the process is much simpler. The application goes into the snap store. The process of creating a snap application includes verification that the application does not contain malicious code. The terms Universe and Multiverse do not apply to snap applications.

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    Re: Who decides what's in Universe/Multiverse?

    Quote Originally Posted by grahammechanical View Post
    The developer would have to make a request for the software to be included in Ubuntu. The licensing terms would separate Universe and Multiverse software at once. As for open source software there are hurdles to be jumped. Read about it.

    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuDevelopment/NewPackages

    If an application is packaged as a snap then the process is much simpler. The application goes into the snap store. The process of creating a snap application includes verification that the application does not contain malicious code. The terms Universe and Multiverse do not apply to snap applications.

    Regards
    Thanks, that is what I was looking for.

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