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Re: Bug#704748: Not a practical issue (could even be considered a feature...:-))

Steven Chamberlain <steven@pyro.eu.org> (15/04/2013):
> For all the problems OdyX mentioned from testing, I've found a single
> cause and filed bug #705435.  I've updated this page to demonstrate a
> functioning GNOME desktop on GNU/kFreeBSD:
> https://wiki.debian.org/Debian_GNU/kFreeBSD_Desktop#Wheezy_GNOME
> On 15/04/13 05:53, Christian PERRIER wrote:
> > I was balanced about working in tasksel to upload with the simple
> > "move to Recommends" fix but a brief discussion on IRC discouraged me.
> For something as important as dropping a desktop environment from the
> release, I'd like to have seen discussion take place with debian-bsd@
> copied in;  this came as just a bit of a surprise.

The feedback I got to my mail to -bsd@ didn't sound like Gnome was
actually usable, and that Xfce was a bad choice. And last I checked,
not touching things when unsure is what we do at this very late stage
of the freeze.

> > And, well, doesn't this issue really fit the definition of
> > "important"?
> If the severity of this is downgraded, that as an incentive for this to
> be missed out of any NMU or refused an unblock.
> I felt certain this was an RC bug and/or policy violation.  A package, a
> task, a whole desktop environment became uninstallable on two release
> architectures.  We still have a tasksel option for GNOME (fails with apt
> error 100 due to this) and CD's are being built with its packages.

If you GNU/kFreeBSD folks want Gnome to be installable again, then fine.

But you should have made it clear when I asked. I thought I made it
clear I needed feedback, and I wrote “*right now*”.

For unrelated reasons, d-i will need a new upload, so I can update
tasksel today as well, before rc2 images get built again.


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