Re: cleaning up our task packages
* Joey Hess <firstname.lastname@example.org> [001206 21:30]:
> Task packages are packages whose names are prefixed with `task-'.
> Typically they are empty metapackages that merely depend on a collection
> of other packages.
Joey, nice work; I agree with the general gist of what you are aiming
for. When I saw the list, I thought to myself, ``this doesn't buy much
over selecting the packages by hand''.
However, I think we can agree that many of these packages are *useful*,
even if they shouldn't be shown at tasksel time; perhaps renaming the
cut packages to be: meta-netscape or meta-c-programming or
meta-kde-everything ... would be very handy in allowing those who like
gnome to say, ``I want gnome, but I don't want to drag KDE along with
it, and I don't know which packages make a good gnome system.''
I think we will see more of these users in the future, particularly as
individual application suites gain more acclaim in the world. (I have
friends who think Helix Code *IS* gnome, and ask me upon seeing sawfish
running, ``oh, you run Helix?'' -- a meta-gnome-blinkenflashen would
help friends such as this. And no, no amount of explaining has helped. :)
It might help the egos of those that have put effort into the task-
packages that would be cut, as well. :)
``Oh Lord; Ooh you are so big; So absolutely huge; Gosh we're all
really impressed down here, I can tell you.''