Re: Why no Opera?
On Sep 5, 2007, at 4:43 PM, Edward Welbourne wrote:
For a closed source release it would be lovely if you had a Debian
developer amongst your Opera developers who can upload packages to
That's one of the (too many) things I've got on my todo list - get
myself trained as a proper Debian developer. For the moment, I just
have some scripts (mostly inherited, I've only had time to clean them
up so far) that do the packaging mostly right; the scripts know more
about Debian packaging than I do, though. Tollef Fog Heen directed me
to http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/maint-guide/ when he was my
Ubuntu contact, so I guess I should familiarize myself with that
before asking for a sponsor !
IANDD, but I work with the debian-perl packaging team, mostly
creating havoc in their subversion repository. :)
I am willing to help packaging Opera because I think it might help
persuade the powers that be that the Free Software ecosystem is good
for software in general and that using a Free Software license for
software can add to its quality and increase profits for the company
that writes it.
I do have reservations though, it would be nice to know that there is
consideration of Free Software licensing for Opera's desktop browser.
Frankly I do not see how the GPL or similar license could negatively
impact the market prospects for Opera as nearly every browser is
already under a Free Software license. (I'm thinking of Web-Kit and
Firefox, of course IE is an exception but you do not want to be
associated with them. ;^) ) I agree with others on this list who
state that there is little point helping closed source software and I
could not contribute to a closed source project if it were going to
I live in Gothenburg Sweden, quite near the headquarters of Opera in
Oslo, and you have a development team here in Gothenburg if I am not
mistaken - perhaps we could meet and talk about packaging issues?
Also there is going to be a Free Software conference in Gothenburg,
perhaps Opera is interested in attending / participating (if you or
someone from Opera is not already)? We have an exciting roster of
speakers lined up with some interesting people from the Free Software
world and the entire conference is partly sponsored by the Free
Software Foundation Europe. I'll relate more to your email address
when the press release is out if you wish, don't want people mad at
me for advertising on this list. :)
Apologies in advance if this mail is off-topic, which it largely
appears to be. I will continue any thread that is not germane off list.
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