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Re: screenshot with package description

On Thursday 27 April 2006 01:13, Andrew Donnellan wrote:
> On 4/27/06, Gonéri Le Bouder <goneri@rulezlan.org> wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > On graphic software websites, in general the most visited page is the one
> > with the screenshots because it give a good overview of the software. In
> > general a screenshot is better that the limited description provided by
> > the Debian control file.
> >
> > I think that tools like synaptic or Debian Installer should have an
> > option to provided a screenshot or/and the project logo with the text
> > description.
> Good idea. Other Debian based distros have started with the project
> logo, a screenshot feature would be nice.
IMO, the same mechanism should be utilised for both logo and screenshot.
> > Files size:
> > There is about 2500 X11 based packages in Debian. This is an estimation
> > of the
> Where did you get that number from?
apt-cache rdepends libx11-6|wc -l
It returns 2214 on a i386 testing.

> > global cost on the mirrors with different pictures size. One picture per
> > packages.
> >   jpg 200x150 8bit pictures: 8.5K => 21M
> >   png 200x150 8bit pictures: 21K => 52.5M
> >   jpg 400x300 8bit pictures: 30K => 75M
> >   png 400x300 8bit pictures: 57K => 142M
> > I don't think that it is a big problem.
> Also depends on the compression level set. There could even be several
> different sizes you could download by passing an option.
Yes, you're right. We could create tarball with different picture size/quality 
and let the user choose. But the storage cost will be more important.

g/gi/gimp2.0/screen4_400x300.png # No jpg for this picture
# tarball prebuild archive for ISO creation or offline users.
g/gi_sid_low.tar # no need to compress compressed jpg/png

screen1.desc should containt thing like that:
Author: foo bar
Release: (<< 2.2.10)

> > Network consumption:
> > Screenshoots will not change for every new release of a software. One
> > update
> Depends how major that new release is.
In general GUI doesn't change on every release. e.g: the same screenshots can 
be used for KDE3.5.x apps.

> > or less per year is i think enough. If we split this archive and with
> > cache mechanism we could reduct a lot the download.
> >
> > I suggest to have Pixmaps:" entry in the control file with the name of
> > one or more screenshots or logo so we'll be able to have a same picture
> > shared with different release of a package.
well we can avoid this change.

> Yes. I would think though that the project logo could be included in
> the package and screenshots downloaded externally.
I prefere to keep both on the same place to be able to show the project logo 
during the package selection/installation.



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