Kapil Hari Paranjape <email@example.com> writes: >> 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. GTK+ 1.2 (and GLib 1.2) were abandoned upstream over *six years* ago. It's rather probable (nay, doubtless) that there are unidentified and unfixed security problems with these libraries. Given that upstreams have had over five years to port their code, it is time to drop dead code that is not maintained, IMO. It's not like there isn't huge amounts of compatibility code in GTK, GDK and GLib to ease such porting (I've used it myself). A minimal port is often just a bunch of regex search and replace operations, with some small amount of rewriting. Note that this is irrespective of how good XMMS is or is not. The libraries it depends on are dead, and they should have upgraded years back. Regards, Roger -- .''`. Roger Leigh : :' : Debian GNU/Linux http://people.debian.org/~rleigh/ `. `' Printing on GNU/Linux? http://gutenprint.sourceforge.net/ `- GPG Public Key: 0x25BFB848 Please GPG sign your mail.
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