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Re: RFC: Proposal for official screenshot repo

On Wed, Jan 03, 2007 at 05:32:52PM -0500, Roberto C. Sanchez wrote:
> I'd be interested in knowing:
>  * Would such an idea be feasible?

Yes, it only requires somebody to code in the missing pieces (i.e. all of

>  * Would maintainers be willing to occasionally upload screenshots?

I would.

>  * What would be a good way to get started? (*)

- Code in an upload queue implementing something akin to master (i.e. upload
through anonymous ftp and put the screenshots in a pool, define a changes
file format to describe which version is being screenshotted etc.)

- Provide an HTML interface to the pool

If the packages names are the same I don't see the need to add yet another
line to the debian/control file, packages.debian.org would just need to point
to http://screenshots.debian.org/<package_name> and that's it.

> As far as getting started:
>  * Would this need to start on debian.net?

Probably, until a proof of concept is working and an official domain is

>  * What would be the requirements/limitations/guidelines?

Do you mean server requirements? I guess that it's disk and bandwidth. 
As for limitations, if you are restricting this to DD uploads there is a
severe limitation (i.e. users cannot 'contribute' screenshots)

> I would really appreciate any comments and suggestions on this.

I say that is a good idea, but I'm not sure how screenshots.debian.org would
help your friend. If you are talking about one-five screenshot per package
(or per package version) that is hardly sufficient to explain how a package
manager works. Better yet if someone wrote a package management document
using DocBook and including screenshots and that was published in the



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