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Re: Broken applications: Could we be honest?

Roger Leigh <rleigh@whinlatter.ukfsn.org> writes:

> Art Edwards <edwardsa@afrl.kirtland.af.mil> writes:
>> Unless such core pieces as the debugging tool (ddd) and the data
>> display tool (xmgrace) are working, it is dishonest to pretend that
>> the 64-bit version is ready for testing. It would be very nice if
>> you, and other distro's, were to put appropriate caveats on the
>> websites, saying that 64-bit is really not ready for the prime-time
>> desktop. That way, we could make better purchasing decisions.
> I don't think anyone is being dishonest, but you are exaggerating the
> seriousness of the situation.  Once a bug is found, please report it
> and it will get fixed.  It can't be fixed if the maintainer is not
> made aware that there is a problem.
> Regards,
> Roger

I've been using Debian for over 10 years and porting for amd64 for
over 2 years now and I have to say I never ever used ddd for more than a
cursory check before going back to simple gdb. And I never even heard
of xmgrace. Saying that they are core pieces without a port is not fit
for a release is just insane.

It might be anoying for you to miss your favourite toys but that in no
way makes the port useless. Sorry Art. There are very few packages
essential to a port and those are marked as such. For anything else
the only rule for being fit for a release is that the majority of
packages is present. Individual packages are irelevant there.


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