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new xlife, pls help

Good morning! :-)

I am Debian Linux user and the current developer of xlife project.  I used Debian xlife-5.0.8 as the base for my work.  The current version of xlife is 6.5.3 <http://litwr2.atspace.eu/xlife.html> -- it supports all the features of xlife-5.3 <http://openports.se/games/xlife>.  I've contacted with former developers of xlife Achim Flammenkamp and Eric S. Raimond.  They gave me their approvals <http://www.catb.org/esr/software.html>.  Eric S. Raimond said that he has plan for further development of xlife.  He has unpublished versions 5.4 and 5.5 of xlife.

I could read at <http://packages.qa.debian.org/x/xlife.html> that xlife is removed from Debian since 2009.  This page has a note "the package is going to disappear unless someone takes it over and reintroduces it into unstable".  My work had started with Debian sources so I feel a desire to reintroduce this famous program.  However I am not skilled as Debian maintainer and need some kind of algorithm of such reintroduction.

10th July 2010 at 00:08:04 Peter De Wachter (pdewacht@gmail.com) wrote:

Well, the Debian xlife package was removed a few years ago in favor of
golly (http://golly.sourceforge.net/). Major advantages of Golly are the
modern UI and the stupendously fast HashLife algorithm.

Golly is very powerful program.  Xlife has its strong points too.  It is faster with chaotic n-state rules, e.g., Brian's brain, Star Wars, HPP, ...  It has less flexible but much faster bounded grid.  Try rules /1/256:1000,800 to test this.  It is also faster in many cases (wireworld, generated rules, ...) in the step-by-step execution.  It has several unique features for 2-state automata: bounded grid with arbitrary perimeter shape, several pseudocolor modes, history, wireframe, ...  It supports Prisoner's Dilemma models.  Xlife has very powerful structured format for the patterns.

New xlife has widget based friendly io.  Xlife interface is very fast.  Xlife uses only xlib.  Xlife keeps its unique style! :-)

If you want to re-introduce and maintain xlife in Debian, that's
certainly possible. Take a look here:
You'll probably find a sponsor in the Games team.

I've partially read this.  I can create xlife binary package using equivs.  What are the steps which help to reintroduce modern xlife?

 Vol Litwr aka Vladimir Lidovski

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