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Re: Considerations for 'xmms' removal from Debian


> The maintainers of the xmms package in Debian are proposing the removal
>of the aforementioned package. Please read on.

The rationale given does not seem to clarify why the proposal is
for removal instead of the maintainers just orphaning the package?

	* There are a number of other GTK 1.2 packages.
	* There are no security bugs at this point (though the list
	  of bugs is large so I may have missed something).
	* While there are a number of alternatives there is
	  no upgrade path for either the users or those who
	  provide plugins.

I do understand that an orphaned package of this kind (unmaintained
upstream) puts a lot of burden on Debian QA. However, "xmms" appears
to have a large user base and perhaps one of them will come forward
to maintain the package if it is orphaned. If not, the package will
be dropped eventually.

Thanks and regards,

(who moved away from xmms a while ago but has a number of xmms-using friends)

P.S. Please cc me on replies.

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