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Re: Bug#252632: ITP: wmtemp -- WindowMaker dock applet displaying lm_sensors temperature values

#include <hallo.h>
* Steve Greenland [Sat, Jun 05 2004, 11:46:12AM]:
> On 05-Jun-04, 09:30 (CDT), Eduard Bloch <blade@debian.org> wrote: 
> > Wrong, it is a waste. You do not only add ONE 14k .deb, you add a 17k
> > source plus dsc plus orig plus diff plus 10*14kB (for each arch, and
> > maybe more than that), and, last but not least, you make apt and dpkg
> > slower for EVERYONE even if many people do not care about some cute toy
> > for some weird WM.
> Let's see, I have no use for an IRC client, and they all share the same
> code base, therefore all but one of them should be eliminated? That's an
> interesting theory.

Let's see, you did not read it as is but tried to read between the line
and invent your own theory? 

You compare the case above
"does exactly the same thing but looks a bit different"
"clients with different functionality and different user base".

> There are lots of near-duplicate packages in Debian, and lots of
> packages with very limited audiences. We have a long established policy8
> of allowing any package to be added, so long as it's maintained and
> legal to distribute. That's part of what makes Debian kind of neat, I

Following your argumentation, we should abolish the metrics system and
every large city should have an own standard for meter, kilogram, maybe
even a different time unit ("hour" is boring).

Come on, there are things where the diversity makes no sense any more.

> think. Yes, it makes the package files huge. There have been all kinds
> of proposals to make downloading those less painful, but nobody seems to
> care enough to actually implement any of them.

Huge package files are not that bad. The impact on dpkg and apt
performance (as said, read what I wrote) is much worse. Did you try to
use them with Sid on a 16meg-RAM system? It's fun (NOT).

> If you are going to go on a rampage against "waste" packages, I can
> think of better places to start than minor 18kb applets. Consider,
> perhaps, the functional duplication of GNOME and KDE...

Again, aples and oranges... read what I wrote.

Kann man nix klicken!
		-- Oliver Zendel

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