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Re: [all candidates] Return to the desert island (cont.)

On 03/21/2013 11:52 AM, Michael Gilbert wrote:
> I think the outcome of moving a package that falls in the "requires
> external stuff" from main to contrib would rarely qualify as silly.
> Take for example the twitter perl packages.  The API is changing (of
> course that is something outside of Debian's control,).  As a
> consequence, those packages are now up for removal from testing (since
> they're going to be broken for an entire stable release):
> http://bugs.debian.org/703257
> If instead those packages were in contrib, which is of course
> considered not supported, if/when those external interfaces break,
> then at least the user knew upfront that they were taking a risk that
> their unsupported software may someday break.  Part of the nuance is
> living up to user expectations.

Would you put something like Pidgin in contrib? And to make sure you
wont dismiss my point and answer that it has support for XMPP wich is an
open protocol: and what if it had only support for the non-free
protocols, like only MSN, AIM, Yahoo and such, and zero support for the
open protocols like IRC and XMPP?


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