Re: Considerations for 'xmms' removal from Debian
I (audacious maintainer) have some stuff to add about xmms plugins.
Most of them have been merged into audacious and I worked with
xmms-crossfade maintainer to build an audacious flavour of this plugins.
We should have a look at all xmms-plugins but I'm pretty sure more then
90% are already part of audacious distribution.
José Miguel Parrella Romero a écrit :
The maintainers of the xmms package in Debian are proposing the removal
of the aforementioned package. Please read on.
* Upstream has deprecated development and support for the current
version of XMMS.
* Several parts of the application are broken and no longer of Debian
2. Current status
* The BTS reports 231 bugs, most tagged 'important' or 'normal', and a
couple of debugging was attempted with little success.
* XMMS is broken in several aspects, one of the most important being
it's dependence on GTK+ 1.2 and no UTF-8 support, which is standard in
* Other distributions have already discussed XMMS removal. Gentoo
hardmasked the package based on the same rationale 
* 'bmpx' and 'audacious' are in Debian, ranks 8048 and 3649 in popcon.
Both are very good and development-active substitutes to xmms.
* There's also in Debian the upstream-supported xmms2 package, 2598 in
2.1 Reverse depends
The following packages depend on XMMS:
Most of this packages are xmms plugins. Maintainers will need to port
them to xmms2 or bmpx, or they should be removed.
Other packages just depend on xmms as a mere multimedia player, and
therefore we recommend the maintainers to adjust their dependencies to
bmpx, xmms2 or audacious.
xmms is now 1069 in the overall popcon rank, with 11029 installations,
not counting the plugin users.
the XMMS maintainers