Publishing process for PDF documents is slow

Bug #1077176 reported by George Christofis on 2012-11-09
This bug affects 13 people
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Developer registration portal

Bug Description

Ubuntu Greece (ubuntu-gr) [1] is released a magazine, called Ubuntistas [2].

We have successfully publish the two previous issues 13 &14 of our magazine in Ubuntu software center [3].
Now we release a new issue, is there any process which can follow in order to speed up the publishing issue 15 ?
[EDIT] The issue 15 is available in Ubuntu software center but 15 days after release. Issue 14 was the 1st issu that we publish on ubuntu software center and was available in 8 days while issue 13 after 18 days! [/EDIT]
The magazine is not an application but only a pdf file!

[EDIT]We need a procedure in order to publish faster the next issues.[/EDIT]
Is there a different way to publish magazines than apps on ubuntu software center?
Is it possible to find a new procedure for such type of packages (pdf) ?
I think that must be a faster progress to add a magazine on ubuntu software center.

[1] ,

George Christofis (geochr) wrote :

The issue 15 is now available in Ubuntu software center, but the answer is remaining for the next issues.
The time until publishing was 15 days! Isn't too many days for a pdf file ?

affects: ubuntudeveloperportal → developer-portal
description: updated
description: updated
John Pugh (jpugh) on 2013-01-05
Changed in developer-portal:
status: New → Invalid
status: Invalid → Incomplete
John Pugh (jpugh) wrote :

Two issues here.

First, the submissions in question are submitted as free/libre apps and go into the ARB queue automatically. If they are submitted as a proprietary app they would hit the correct queue immediately ("commercial/paid") and be processed in turn. Turnaround times in the paid queue are usually 3-5 business days depending on queue size.

Second, this submission is submitted as a raw PDF with no packaging and as such requires packaging work for placement on the USC which does increase review time. Happy to provide the standard packaging for this submission upon request.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for Developer registration portal because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in developer-portal:
status: Incomplete → Expired
George Christofis (geochr) wrote :

Do you mean to create a PPA for a magazine which isn't belongs to me but a magazine of ubuntu-gr community ?

Changed in developer-portal:
status: Expired → Opinion
dobey (dobey) wrote :

George, you don't need to create a PPA, but the PDF file must be distributed in the end, via the standard .deb packaging format. By submitting a PDF directly, additional time is needed to be able to push the document out, as it must be packaged first.

Changed in developer-portal:
status: Opinion → Triaged
summary: - Faster procedure for publishing magazines (.pdf)
+ Publishing process for PDF documents is slow

@Rodney, is there any special way to package the PDF?

John Pugh (jpugh) wrote :

Marking invalid as the ARB process is defunct however the dev has instruction to submit as a proprietary app in order to reach the correct queue for PDFs.

Changed in developer-portal:
status: Triaged → Invalid
George Christofis (geochr) wrote :

@John Pugh (jpugh) Thanks for the info. Now we will follow the correct procedure.

George Christofis (geochr) wrote :

With the procedure that jpugh indicated, the magazine became available on USC in less than 2 days!

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