DesktopFolder sponsorship for 19.04 Disco

Bug #1809120 reported by fossfreedom on 2018-12-19
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Bug Description

  Dear Ubuntu Sponsors,

  I am looking for a sponsor for my package "desktopfolder"

 * Package name : desktopfolder
   Version : 1.0.10-0ubuntu1
   Upstream Author : José Amuedo Salmerón <email address hidden>
 * URL :
 * License : GPL-3+
   Section : x11

  It builds those binary packages:

    desktopfolder - Organize your desktop with panels, notes and photos

  To access further information about this package, please visit the
following URL:

  More information about desktopfolder can be obtained from

I am the project lead of Ubuntu Budgie. I
already maintain many packages via my current Debian & Ubuntu
Maintainers rights.

The reason for the request for this package sponsorship is due to the current Nautilus version in Disco proposed.

As part of Ubuntu Budgie support for 19.04 Disco version of Nautilus, the project is intending to use an existing project called DesktopFolder to provide the desktop-icons capability that its users expect.

Note: This is a backstop request - I am pursuing sponsorship via Debian; it has been sponsored but is awaiting Archive Admin authorisation (New Queue).

Given the upcoming transition, soft freeze etc dates for Debian Buster and the rather lengthy New queue, I am requesting this also for Ubuntu just in-case DesktopFolder is not processed before the new package freezes occurs.

I will obviously withdraw this request if auth by Debian AA is given.

We recognise that many budgie-desktop users expect a more traditional
desktop experience that includes the ability to place various files
and folders onto the desktop. Budgie-Desktop had integrated with
Nautilus to provide that ability in the past.

But due to Nautilus 3.30 now in Disco proposed, nautilus has removed the
desktop icons & folders support, Ubuntu Budgie users would need to use
strange workarounds such as running two File Managers - Nautilus and
Nemo where Nemo provides the desktop icons support.

This request provides an excellent alternative - a low memory usage
dedicated application that provides desktop icons & folders.

The application has been part of the ElementaryOS appcenter and
Elementary Pantheon. I have been working with the maintainer to make
this application compatible with budgie-desktop.

As a project team Ubuntu Budgie have a direct interest in helping
support this application. We now help the desktopfolder project to
provide translations for the project and we will be working with the
maintainer to provide additional capabilities in the future.

In terms of packaging I have worked with the maintainer to ensure
lintian issues such as code typos, mismatched copyright statements and
missing copyright statements on source files. The maintainer has also
agreed to sign his tarballs which the package makes use of to provide

I have run check-all-the-things and helped resolve source matters in
consultation with the maintainer.

I have run lintian -i -I --pedantic on the built source. One
Information lintian remains - missing autopkgtest. I dont consider it
necessary for such a test to be defined.

I have built the debian/copyright via "cme update dpkg-copyright" and
manually checked that it has built the copyright file correctly.

The debian package contains one specific patch to revert two
ElementaryOS AppCenter specifics that doesn't make sense in the
context of Ubuntu budgie-desktop. This is explained in the dep3
header for the patch. I have discussed this patch with the maintainer
and he is content with the approach.

  Changes since the last upload:

  * Initial Release (LP: #1809120)

description: updated
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Changed in ubuntu:
status: New → In Progress
Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) wrote :

fossfreedom, feel free to specifically ask in #debian-ftp on OFTC for this package to be reviewed since you need this feature for Debian Buster.

fossfreedom (fossfreedom) wrote :

This has now been accepted into the Debian repositories. I'll mark this as invalid.

Changed in ubuntu:
status: In Progress → Invalid
Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) wrote :

Yes, I asked in #debian-ftp for you today. :)

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