SRU Delima , suggestions requested

Brandon Holtsclaw imbrandon at
Sat Dec 15 14:47:36 GMT 2007

OK we all hate binary non-floss programs but all that aside, I have come
across a unique problem with a proposed SRU to flashplugin-nonfree that
I would welcome any help/sugestions with, after a short disscussion on
IRC about it here is the problem and 4 possible outcomes.


[ Backstory ]
flashplugin-nonfree has been updated upstream to version 9,0,115,0 , the
way this package works is it downloads from a stable URL on the adobe
site that contains the current release, checks the md5 of this tarbal
and then installs it via postinst

[ Problem ]
9,0,115,0 is *known* to break konqueror but works as intended on
FireFox, the reason for this is konqueror does not support XEmbed

[ Solution 1 ]
Dont update , leave both firefox and konq broken on dapper to gutsy for
new installs ( existing installs should be fine because the package has
already downloaded the old tar and installed it )

[ Solution 2 ]
Update and knowingly break konq in dapper --> gutsy for people that have
flash installed ( i'm guessing a high percentage )

[ Solution 3 ]
Update + SRU an patch for konq to add XEmbed, this patch will alow konq
to use the newer flash and wont look like a regression to users
( proposed patch from Novel, not upstream yet ) but is pretty
invasive imho for a SRU

[ Solution 4 ]
Adobe provides older versions for download also but anything that is not
the current version is lumped into a 60+MB archive, the package could be
updated on dapper --> gutsy to grab this archive and extract + md5 check
the older 9,0,48,0 release and install it


IMHO solutions 1 to 3 arent options IMHO and 4 is the "safest" route but
has two major side effects, 1) the packaging will change quite a bit for
an SRU 2) its a 60+MB download, while for me this isnt a problem but for
those in other situations without broadband or download caps ( .au comes
to mind ) this might not be idea , even with those two issues i think
this outweighs the 1 to 3 options.

suggestions welcome, even if its a simple +/-1 for an option as to help
me decide what to do ...

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Brandon Holtsclaw
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