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Re: RFC: Proposal for official screenshot repo

Maybe in the /debian package, there could be a package.png that is the screenshot and make them available in the mirrors (pool). maybe creating a file such as Packages.gz or an extension to it, informing that it has the screenshot available.

then the user could access the pool ... or ... use some kind of client that uses the apt-get database to search for screenshots.

For example, a simple gtk window with a combo box with the packages' names who has screenshots, and the user could:
1 - select the package
 1.1 - application downloads it
2 - view in the application window
3 - full screen ( maybe using eog?)

i think it is simple.

Although ... the package will see it's source size increased and... 1 MB for 10% of debian's packages is +/- 2 Gb more of disk space in the mirrors.

The screenshots can also use a similar process but use a package of their own.

With the same process described, a package_0.3-1.dscr will have a bunch of screenshots of package.

This package can be downloaded and untared for view, in the user's application.

What do you think?

Got lost??

Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña wrote:
On Thu, Jan 04, 2007 at 12:05:03AM +0100, Nico Golde wrote:
  this idea has been discussed recently, I just can't remember when
exactly though, I'd say in the late 6 monthes. Maybe you can grab some
names of people that were involved in the first proposal there. It may
have been proposed on -project rather than devel. But I suppose google
will know about it.
Maybe the following?

It's not exactly the same idea. The proposer (Gonéri Le Bouder [0]) focused
on what the layout and distribution of images [1] should be, but not on:

- who provides the screenshots? how are they uploaded and validated? (is
  there an upload queue who manages all this automatically?)

- is there a web interface to that information or it will just be used by
  package managers?

The Alioth project was named 'apt-pixmap' [1] there has been no activity
in its mailing list [2] and the original location of the "proof of concept"
[3] does not exist any longer. So I guess the project did not spark enough

Some of the information in the project as well as the threads can be used to
draft a new proposal, however.

I think that something similar to backports.org (a service where both DDs and
non-DDs could upload screenshots to) and provided a web interface to view
screenshots by package version would be really cool.



[0] Who, BTS is now the proud father of a little girl:
http://orniere-du-globe.net/blog/?p=312 :-)

[1] Based on Debian packages or TAR files so the user could download *all*
the screenshots using a specific tool. Which, BTW, I don't think is a good

[2] http://alioth.debian.org/projects/apt-pixmap/

[3] http://lists.alioth.debian.org/mailman/listinfo/apt-pixmap-repo

[4] http://gloria.rulezlan.org/debian2/

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