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Re: Recommends for metapackages

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Le 12/07/12 11:09, Jonas Smedegaard a écrit :
> As with any package available in Debian: Just don't install it if
> you do not like what the package does!


There is a major difference between the gnome-core metapackages and
any other (meta) package in Debian: gnome-core is included is the
desktop task that approximately one user out of three installs (this
is my reading of popcon data). 40000 installations _in popcon_.

Lets now assume that 1% of are unsatisfied by network-manager and
decide to remove it. That 400 users out of the popcon panel who need
to remove the gnome-core, and even task-gnome-desktop. All of the
sudden, 90% of their installed software disappears because they want
to get rid of this annoying little icon that believes it knows better
than them how to configure their bloody network.

Note that a meta-package such as task-gnome-desktop installs most of
its packages as _Recommends_, not _Depends_.

400 popcon installations is quite popular by popcon standards. It
corresponds to a package in the top 30% of all Debian packages with
more than 10 installs.

Kind regards, Thibaut.
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