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Please consider new libimager-perl for etch


Some time ago, I got the new upstream 0.54 of libimager-perl into 
Debian's SVN repository, and it was eventually uploaded by its 

I just noticed that it has not entered testing, however, 
and while I do not quite understand the versioning problem there, I ask 
that you review it for inclusion in etch in spite of it being an 
upstream version. 

We are heavy users of libimager-perl, with 2.4 million images having 
gone through the package, 10000 images was resized with it just 
yesterday. We have been running 0.54 for months, and can testify it is 
a very stable release.

Releases from 0.50 to 0.53 were mainly bugfixing releases, where many of 
the features in 0.50 were stabilised. 0.54 introduced a new resizing 
algorithm, which improves performance and quality, and as noted, we use 
it on many thousands of images every day.

0.50 didn't have any big issues I know of, but we never used it for 
long, however, it is clear that a lot of small issues were corrected up 
to 0.53 and 0.54 is in our experience rock solid. I doubt very much 
that 0.54 would introduce any RC issues, and I think it would be sad if 
0.50, which wasn't particularly good would go into etch but not the 
rock solid 0.54 release.

I appreciate that a long freeze may be needed to get a stable operating 
system, but I hope that an exception can be made for this package.


Kjetil Kjernsmo
Information Systems Developer
Opera Software ASA

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