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Re: Any news about Blends in tasks selection (Was: Debian Installer Jessie Beta 2 release)

Hi Andreas,

Andreas Tille <andreas@an3as.eu> (2014-10-08):
> On Sun, Oct 05, 2014 at 09:11:24PM +0200, Cyril Brulebois wrote:
> > The Debian Installer team[1] is pleased to announce the second beta
> > release of the installer for Debian 8 "Jessie".
> > ...
> thanks for your report and your continuous work on the installer.
> I wonder what might be the opinion of the installer team about bug
> #758116 which contains the suggestion to add Blends to the tasks
> selection menu and whether we could do something to help with the
> implementation.  The bug report received a lot of agreement from people
> working in different Blends but only one question[1] of Joey Hess
> probably wearing his tasksel maintainer hat.  For me it is not clear
> whether this is an issue of deciding what Blend to include (Joey's
> question was targeting into this direction) or whether you hesitate to
> implement this at all.  Since it is not clear whether you think this
> kind of menu is sensible or not we did not yet mindet providing patches
> or so to support your work.  Some kind of statement could be motivating
> to provide more work on the technical side.
> Kind regards and thanks again for your work on the installer
>      Andreas.
> [1] https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=758116#140

well to be honest the whole blend story came as a surprise.

I think we identified quite early in the release cycle that we would
need to finally do something about the desktop situation (which first
landed in D-I Jessie Beta 2).

Blends were first mentioned during a DC'14 talk in late August. At the
moment my personal feeling about this is that it looks a bit late, and
I'm almost certainly not going to drive such changes myself. I don't
have any strong incentive to prevent other people from working on this
though. (Of course, any work should happen sooner than later.)

Of course, if blends support ends up not being merged for Jessie, I'm
very sorry for people having participated in the discussion and their
false hope. :(


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