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Re: RFC: Proposal for official screenshot repo

On Fri, Jan 05, 2007 at 11:55:02AM +0100, Andrea Bolognani wrote:
> On Wed, 3 Jan 2007 17:32:52 -0500
> "Roberto C. Sanchez" <roberto@connexer.com> wrote:
> > I would really appreciate any comments and suggestions on this.
> What I don't really get is, why would we want a similar service in Debian?

For several reasons:

1.- Debian is "upstream" for a number of programs

2.- There is software that has no "upstream" to speak of

3.- Some upstream sites do not carry screenshots, why force them do it?

4.- The screenshots for a particular version (i.e. the one shipped in stable)
for some software (say, an e-mail client) might be quite different than the
latest eye-candy produced by upstream with the latest release (because of
different functionality being available). 

5.- If the location is fixed, it is easier to integrate with package managers
and other tools.

> We should already be pointing to the upstream site with the Homepage:
> pseudo-header, and in case of GUI programs or games there are usually plenty
> of screenshots there.

Not in all programs, not for all games.

> I really se no point in doing this.

Everyone is entitled to his own opinion. If there's somebody (Roberto) that
thinks it is a worthwhile idea I say we let him do it and, if it turns out to
be a good idea (like I think it is) it will keep momentum and will find its
own space in the universe of ideas, if it's not, it will die [1]



[1] Harsh, but it's Charles Darwin's evolutionist theory applied to software :)

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