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

On 03/21/2013 02:02 PM, Thomas Goirand wrote:
> 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?

I withdraw this, pidgin-facebookchat is a better example... :)


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