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Re: Why no Opera?

On Tuesday 28 August 2007, Steffen Moeller wrote:
> On Tuesday 28 August 2007 06:46:47 Bruce Sass wrote:
> > On Mon August 27 2007 05:33:05 pm Romain Beauxis wrote:
> > > Le Tuesday 28 August 2007 00:17:40 Bruce Sass, vous avez écrit :
> > > > On Mon August 27 2007 04:05:24 pm Pierre Habouzit wrote:
> > > > > And
> > > > > it's no way we will accept the statically linked version in
> > > > > Debian.
> > Of course, obviously---for software where there is a choice, but for
> > software which can not be built from source because it is closed or not
> > redistributable once modified (which seems to be the case with Opera),
> > putting a statically linked version into the archive sounds like the
> > correct solution.
> >
> > btw, I agree with Russ Allbery:
> > "...but just dropping the vendor's Debian package in our archive seems
> > like entirely pointless..."
> Opera could offer an apt reporitory for the .deb, much like skype is doing 
> Those inclined to run Opera could then well do so very easily. And they 
> reuse Debian's library, too. I could also see an Opera install script to be 
> shipped as a Debian package ... but I am not in favour of such.
> What would be good is to have some contact with the upstream developers. 
> are Debianers everywhere, certainly also in the vicinity of the Opera house. 
> The web of trust gave me Mr Johan Herland as the only member of strong set 
> and I took the freedom to place him on the CC line. Johan, do you see Opera 
> to be near to releasing a version of your browser in your own apt repository 
> that does its best to avoid being statically linked? Is there something you 
> would like Debian to do for you before something like that would seam 
> reasonable to you?
> Best regards
> Steffen

Hi Steffen,

Thanks for the email. I can assure you that there are many Debianers at Opera, 
although my personal preference is Gentoo. :)

We're genuinely interested in making our product work as well as possible on 
Debian (and as many other distros as practically possible). Unfortunately I'm 
not directly involved in .deb packaging, but I've forwarded your email to a 
colleague which should be able to give you an answer shortly.

Have fun!


Johan Herland, <johanh@opera.com>
Unix/Core Developer, Opera Software ASA

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