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Re: RFC: Proposal for official screenshot repo

On Thu, Jan 04, 2007 at 05:41:35PM +0100, Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña wrote:
> 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
> them)
OK.  Give me a couple of days :-)

> >  * 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.)
OK.  I'd appreciate some help with this, or some pointers, or anything.
This is probably the piece which I am least qualified to do.

> - 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.
Good idea.  I'd not though about it that way.  We would then only need a
default place holder for packages without screenshots.

> > 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
> provided.
OK.  Once I get something a little more concrete up and running, I'll
see about getting a DNS entry in the debian.net zone file.

> >  * 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)
What about my suggestion for user contributed screenshots via bug
reports?  The BTS accepts attachments to emails, so I think that would

> > 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
> website.
Here is how it would help.  He wants an email client and so he searches
for one.  The list includes icedove, sylpheed, mutt, kmail, evolution
and others.  They all have descriptions, but he can't visualize what
they look like, especially not being familiar with them.  Having
screenshots available makes it so that he can compare them, at least
based on how they look.



Roberto C. Sanchez

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