I'd like to get back to preparing OpenCPN
for upload as an official Debian package. (and thus onflow to Ubuntu and derivs) I hadn't realized how much time had passed!
We were doing pretty well, but debian was frozen last time we attacked it. Debian's open for new stuff again so it seems like a good time. Since we last visited this DebianGIS has started to migrate to a new Git repo*, although the OpenCPN
control files are still held in the Alioth Subversion repo**.
* git.debian.org Git
(debianGIS packages all fall under the "pkg-grass/" name)
** [pkg-grass] Index of /packages/opencpn
see here for DebianGIS Svn->Git migration notes: DebianGis/Svn2Git - Debian Wiki
I think the first step in waking this effort back up is to modify trunk/ in alioth svn to reflect the latest opencpn git-head package requirements and get it working again.
The next step I think is to get the last stable release (2.3.1 at this point) built, and to publish .debs for Debian/stable 32 bit i686 and 64bit amd64 on the SourceForge site (or if just of interest to devs I can probably find a spot on a OSGeo server for that).
After we are back to operational status the next step would be to get back to flushing
out the last of the lintian errors and reviving the Debian ITP:
#538067 - ITP: opencpn -- A concise ChartPlotter/Navigator - Debian Bug report logs
I think a necessary hurdle to overcome is to donate some code to allow OpenCPN to read from the GMT flavour of the GSHHS world coastline data, so that they (and ZyGrib, and other packages which use that coastline data) can all share the common data packages.
This will take a bit of effort, but I believe that 90% of it is done and we have already gotten past the worst road block (code license
provenance review), and the rest is just, as they say, details.