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Re: Packages should not Conflict on the basis of duplicate functionality

> it's an either/or situation (i.e. no way of satisfying both parties

Actually, it isn't -- there's an easy way of giving users a choice,
and two people have suggested it already (debconf).  This seems to be
the most Debianish way to handle it - technologically superior, and
avoids punishing one set of users at the expense of the other (even if
it is a small minority, you don't care about that when you're in it

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