Ubuntu release manager Steve Langasek informs the community about some changes happening to build-dependency handling in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) and upcoming versions of the widely used operating system.
According to Mr. Langasek, the Ubuntu development team admits that the process of separating Ubuntu packages between the “main” and “universe” software repositories caused the Ubuntu development to be dragged down because the “main” repo also covered build-dependencies in addition to dependencies.
Starting with the upcoming Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system, the Ubuntu development team will offer a more lightweight “main” repository containing only the packages that matter most to end users. Work on this has already started by moving many Ubuntu packages from “main” to “universe.”
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht