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Re: Bug#457353: gdome2-xslt: should not be a Debian-native package

Luk Claes wrote:
> Neil Williams wrote:
>> i.e. native should be a last resort - used only when it is all but
>> impossible for the package to be used outside Debian or some distro
>> fundamentally based on Debian like Ubuntu.
> I thought this consensus was already a fact and that some maintainers
> just disagree and nobody forced them to change yet...
> The reasons why it shouldn't be a native package IMHO:
> * it's not specific to Debian
> * it wastes bandwidth as every upload contains all the sources
> * it's confusing for newcomers
> * it's error prone for NMUs and security updates

I'd just add:
* it isn't in the spirit of free software to make it hard for others to
use the code - making a package Debian-native when it could work on any
GNU/Linux or POSIX platform makes it unnecessarily hard for a Fedora or
Gentoo user etc. to package the code and maintain it in their own
distro. How are they to know whether the latest native version is Debian
specific or contains useful "upstream" improvements?

There is plenty of free hosting that could be used for this code - SF is
probably the most common, berlios another.


Neil Williams

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