I was looking through a list of new packages from ruari-diff (manual upgrades
are a pita) and many of the priorities seemed weird, despite being
I eventually summed it up in one problem.
Optional is too broad. All of the X base system, as well as menu is in
despite being core infrastructure. But it's not standard because it's not
"a reasonably small but not too limited character-mode system." OTOH, stuff
cweb-latex, glademm and xteddy are part of optional (not that I have
those; they're on my system.) As well as everything in between.
I have two non-exclusive suggestions.
One, that developers take "all the software that
you might reasonably want to install if you didn't know what it was or
specialised requirements" more strictly. I could make an arguement that
I listed on the obscure edge of optional was non-policy compliant, as you
wouldn't want to install them if you didn't know what they were.
Second, that a level beetween "standard" and "optional" be made ("useful"?
standard"? "infastructure"?). Put all the base infrastructure here, like
base X, the rest of TeX, base Gnome (when stable), and base KDE (when it
part of Debian). (No flamebait intended on Gnome or KDE.)
Either or both of these suggestions would reduce optional's size and make
clear as a priority.
David Starner - firstname.lastname@example.org (alternately email@example.com)
"I would weep, but my tears have been stolen; I would shout, but my voice
has been taken. Thus, I write." - Tragic Poet