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Re: adding desktop files to misc packages

On Sun, 15 Jul 2007 14:36:47 +0200, Josselin Mouette <joss@debian.org> said: 

> There seem to be a strong opposition to any proposal willing to fix
> the Debian menu. People will all want to keep their pet useless entry
> in the menu, and forcing them to migrate to another system will just
> lead to the same clutter in the new menu. It will be too difficult to
> make the project move as a whole in the same direction. We GNOME
> people focus on usability, and this goal seems incompatible with some
> other developers' will. I have seen how hard it is to make people fix
> their crappy debconf questions, and at least in this case the debconf
> and d-i developers could act as a central authority.

        This sounds fairly combative; and it also begins to sound
 divisive (the GNOME people, keepers of usability, vs all the useless
 users who do not use desktop systems). I hope I am misreading the

> There are more constructive things to do than fighting for years to
> improve the Debian menu situation; I think we should just let it die,
> and let people who want to work on a dead system continue if they want
> to.

> As a consequence, this will duplicate the work, but I think we should
> add .desktop entries to packages, especially games, that don't have
> one and deserve it.

        You will, of course, have to convince maintainers of the fames
 (I have a couple of my own) to do so; and I, for one, would like to
 support as many users as I can, not just my pet enlightened ones that
 use GNOME.

        Given that, I would like to see more of the proposals about
 perhaps translating menu/desktop.org entries into the other format, so
 that we do not drop users of window managers that do not follow the
 desktop.org menu entries out in the cold.

Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success. Christopher Lascl
Manoj Srivastava <srivasta@debian.org> <http://www.debian.org/~srivasta/>
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