The technical committee was asked in #688772 to revisit the dependency of gnome metapackages on network-manager. The decision is below: ==== RESOLUTION ==== 1. The TC notes the decision of the meta-gnome maintainers to implement the TC decision in #681834 by: (a) softening the dependency in the gnome-core metapackage from Depends to Recommends, as required (b) adding a new dependency in the gnome metapackage, as a Depends. (In squeeze, this is where the dependency was, but it was a Recommends.) 2. Our intent, as stated in the rationale section of our previous decision (#681834, paras 3 and 5), is that squeeze users who have gnome installed but not network-manager do not find that network-manager becomes installed when they upgrade to wheezy. 3. A Recommends from gnome to network-manager-gnome would serve no purpose in wheezy as gnome Depends on gnome-core which already Recommends network-manager-gnome. Therefore 4. We overrule the decision of the meta-gnome maintainers to add a dependency from gnome to network-manager-gnome; this dependency should be removed. If in the opinion of the NM maintainer (and before the release of wheezy the Chair of the Technical Committee or an individual delegated by the Chair in consultation with the Release Team) the concerns raised in §4 of the CTTE decision #681834 have been addressed through technical means (e.g. by preventing the starting of NM as discussed in #688772), the meta-gnome maintainers may freely adjust the dependencies as usual. Specifically, valid bugs where existing valid network configurations are broken by the automatic, required installation on system upgrade of packages not previously installed which perform network configuration on should have severity serious. 5. We request that the Release Team unblock update(s) to meta-gnome so that our decisions may be implemented in wheezy. 6. We request that a release note is created explaining that gnome users who do not currently have NM installed consider installing it. ==== END OF RESOLUTION ==== The committee would like to thank Michael Biebl for discussing the concerns of the technical committee and working to address those concerns through technical changes to NM. Please see http://bugs.debian.org/688772 for discussion of this bug.
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