GNOME dependencies

Jani Monoses jani.monoses at
Thu Aug 9 20:34:55 UTC 2007

One other argument in favour of GNOME deps. They seem to come whether we want them or not,
and resisting or working around them is taking up a lot of time. During dapper and edgy
Gauvain and I spent a lot of time making separate -gtk only packages. There were 2 or 3 only
and that shows how little you get for much effort if it goes against whatever everyone else is
doing, in our case upstream GNOME and Ubuntu.

Now is anyone using Gutsy already - it's a devel list after all :) if you look,
evince-gtk is depending on libgnomeui (probably fixable) but the new gaim (pidgin) for some reason
uses libgnome now and gstreamer. Making a pidgin-gtk package seems to me like a lot of waste of time.
It would be good to have but it's a lot of work upfront and then continual maintenance and bother not
only for us but for Ubuntu desktop devels. The other choice is to drop gaim because of these dependencies :(

Here's Tribe4 with bonobo, libgnome and gstreamer on the CD. At least there it does not seem to make a noticable
difference :)

So as long as we're using the Ubuntu repos there's only so much we can do, and we do not have the liberty of
Zenwalk or any other independent distro to optimize the packages to the bone. For this price we get the
long term maintenance, easy upgrade, lots of packages etc advantages of Ubuntu.


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