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Re: status of the OpenCPN package?

On 2014-06-24 06:22:53, Hamish wrote:
> Antoine Beaupré wrote:
>>>  I am writing to you because you have participated in the review of the
>>>  new OpenCPN debian package as part of bug #538067.
>>>  I would be ready to sponsor the package if people are okay with its
>>>  current state. It would be a shame to have the package stalled in that
>>>  bug report forever like this. :)
>>>  Note that upstream is now at version 3.2.2 as well, so there may be some
>>>  work required to get it up to the latest release. Yet i believe that
>>>  uploading 2.5 would be better than nothing.
>>>  What's blocking this? do you need an uploader?
> Francesco:
>> I think Hamish_B who worked in the past on this is currently busy, as
>> happens frequently with Real Life. I'm not sure if anyone is able
>> to work on that starting from current status.
> Hi,
> indeed I am super busy with other responsibilites right now, but I haven't
> given up on this package! There is very little blocking it now, I don't
> even remeber what if anything, need to check the last post to the ITP and
> the ftp-master's previous rejection comment. :) AFAIR it wasn't anything
> major.

Alright, I fully understand that. Sharing those comments here would be
quite useful if someone else wants to pursue your work in case you
become too busy in the future. :)

> I was hesitating to update the packaging in debiangis svn for two reasons,
> one was that the 2.5.0 package was 99% ready to go, and a 3.2.2 would
> require resetting the QA-clock to zero. So my plan there was to get 2.5.0
> into sid immediately then work on 3.2.2 after. The second reason was that
> opencpn 3 replaced the graphics canvas with OpenGL, and for Debian/Ubuntu
> combined with a Intel GPU it caused a rendering bug for many people. (one
> of the main use cases for opencpn is on laptops where intel GPUs are very
> common). It's been a while since I checked on the status of the bug, but
> I'm thinking that it is still present in 3.2.2? (don't quote me on that :)

This seems perfectly reasonable - 3.2.2 can be uploaded to experimental
once 2.5 passes NEW.

> Also since for me at least 2.5.0 is basically feature-complete and a very
> rock-solid release, I wasn't in a rush for the new nice extra features
> like improved AIS and radar overlay. Nice, but not critical to the primary
> purpose of the program.


> Probably todo is to check if the build is still ok with the latest sid,
> since perhaps some package names could need updating in the control file.
> But otherwise I am quite confident in the state of the current packaging
> and very supportive of one final review before upload. A huge amount of
> work went into it, so it would be a real shame to throw it out and start
> again, even if a lot of our review is now merged upstream!

of course. keep in mind that the jessie freeze is only a few months
ahead (3, i think?) so if you want OpenCPN to be "in debian" in the next
few years, we should get this show on the road!

thanks for working on this.

Si l'image donne l'illusion de savoir
C'est que l'adage pretend que pour croire,
L'important ne serait que de voir
                        - Lofofora

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