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Re: Themes - do we package them?

On Sat, Feb 13, 1999 at 04:32:40PM +0000, Jules Bean wrote:
> E, wmaker, and GTK, to name but a few, are now becoming very themeable.
> There is some debate as to whether we should package them.
> In favour:
> Personally, I like as much as possible on my machine to be registered with
> the packaging system.
> Against:
> Themes can contain lots of graphics and be quite large, bloating the
> distribution.
> Themes are generally distributed as tarballs and are trivial to install
> anyway.
> In my personal opinion, we should package them.  As far as I'm concerned,
> the increasing size of the distribution is inevitable, and we're going to
> have to deal with it anyway - by better sectioning, using stow categories,
> whatever.  And they may be trivial to untar, but it's nice to have them
> under control.
> We should probably split them into their own section or sections.
> Another idea which was brought up is making a separate site for them -
> I've little doubt that themes.org would be amenable to debian.themes.org
> if we asked them.
> However, this does seem silly, somehow.  If it's free, why aren't we
> distributing it?

Well there are different types of themes, at least for gtk. Some of them are
actual code replacements like gtk-engines-thinice which I already have
packaged, it's about 16k or so and looks really nice. Then there are the
bloated pixmap themes which take up about a meg and are really slow. I'm not
sure, maybe we could only package the smaller ones?

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