Re: ITP: water -- A graphical water effect demo.
> > Morever, a common attribute of demos, which exist mainly to entertain
> > and impress, is that they have striking names, and I think most people
> > would agree that `water' is far cooler that `water-demo'.
> Perhaps a more interesting question is `does this sort of program
> belong in Debian at all?'
I'm not a developer (I tried just before NMship closed, and later I
got other priorities and never tried again), but my impression about
that is that if someone is willing to package "water" (as
"water-demo", I hope) and maintain it then it would be right to let it
enter Debian... but...
Almost no one would like to have Debian crammed with demos, but I
think that we would like to make Debian more interesting for people
who like demos; so we can ask water's maintainer to include in his
package a summary of this discussion, instructions and pointers on how
to debianize new demos and upload them to private apt-get
repositories, plus scripts to let users check if one of those demos is
reasonably safe to run as a non-privileged user... and also a script
to build a "water-demo-dbg" package from the "water-demo" source (if
water's authors are really interested in sharing their tricks), etc,
etc, etc. I hope he'll agree, of course.
So my imaginary water-demo would be a demo in two senses, which would
make its name even more striking than simple "water"... ;-) the second
sense being that it is meant as a demo on how to debianize demos.
That's it. I know that I went far off-topic, but I had to tell these