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MATE Desktop Environment in Debian

I am a developer of MATE Desktop Environment (http://www.mate-desktop.org), a fork of GNOME2 started in June 2011. Currently MATE has a little team of developers and contributors, and many users thanks to ready packages for some distributions (Debian, Ubuntu, Arch, Fedora) and thanks to the inclusion in the latest Linux Mint edition. A lot of work is done from the initial renaming script. We solved many bugs and fixed all things with the latest libraries since GNOME2 has gone, and we fixed conflicts with GNOME3. We added some new features, too. I think to give to users the chance to use the desktop that they used for many years is a great thing for a distribution, if this is supported and has a team who work on it. Someone can object that MATE is based on a dead technology, but GTK3 support is on our roadmap and we already started to work on it. Someone else can object "Why dont you help GNOME3 fallback session or XFCE?". Well, our goal is to keep things like GNOME2. In GNOME3 there are a lot of changes in all software, e.g. in Nautilus and in many others. XFCE is very different from GNOME2. We want to be focused on this purpose to support a desktop like GNOME2. The nice peculiarity of the free software is anyone can develop applications at will. Our work doesnt damage other software. Completed the brief introduction about MATE, I'm going to write about the goal of this mail. I am a Debian user for many years and I know well all his components, like dpkg, the debian policy and the process to have new packages. I started to contribute on MATE as packager for Debian. We have already a repository for Wheezy (http://wiki.mate-desktop.org/download#debian). Many users are using it well. Now that this is enough stable, I begun the process for ask the inclusion in Debian.
The first package is mate-common.
http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=658783 (ITP)
http://lists.debian.org/debian-mentors/2012/02/msg00115.html (RFS)
With this mail I wish to have opinions and suggestions about our work from Debian Developers.
Thank you!

Stefano Karapetsas

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