Fellow devs... Paul Wise asked me say a few words about my current project. A while ago (in July) I posted  on email@example.com stating my intention to provide a more or less simple web service to store screenshots of Debian applications. I was a tad busy since then (GSoC, paid work) and didn't finish the project within a week as I intended. But right now I have my IDE open and hope to be able to show something working soon (I'm 50% done). I noticed that the games team maintains a games-screenshots package so I'd thought you might be interested and I'm of course interested in your opinions. Some basic data: - Designated site: http://screenshots.debian.net (already registered) - Hardware: Shares a sponsored server with mentors.debian.net. ~20 GB of disk space is available. I intend to make 10 GB available for screenshots. - Authentication: As I don't have direct access to LDAP authentication for DDs I currently allow only people with a @debian.org email address to sign up for an account. This it not perfect because Debian Maintainers and sponsorees should be able to upload screenshots for their own packages, too. Perhaps the registration email should allow anyone with a $USER@packages.debian.org address. - Web software: Moderately simple WSGI application run on Pylons (a Python MVC framework) using a PostgreSQL database and a little hard disk space to keep the screenshot files. - URL schema can be customized (thanks to the flexibility of an MVC framework). So URLs like http://screenshots.debian.net/$PACKAGE (screenshots page for a certain package) or even a SOAP interface are easily possible. packages.debian.org could for example add an IMG tag to the packages page linking to http://screenshots.debian.net/$PACKAGE/firstthumbnail that could return either an existing screenshot thumbnail or a dummy picture saying that there is not yet a screenshot available. - Screenshot storage: I intend to shrink uploaded packages to 800x600 and prepare a thumbnail like 100x75, too. I'm confident that 800x600 would carry enough information. - Management: Uploading, browsing and deleting of screenshots for own applications will happen through a simple to use web interface. - Screenshot style: on debian-devel it was argued whether screenshots should contain no or a predefined kind of window decorations. But actually that doesn't really matter. And besides an application without window decorations looks pretty stupid.  http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/07/msg00770.html Cheers Christoph -- A guess is just a guess until you turn it into a pie chart. Then it's an analysis. (Scott Adams)
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