Hi Glen,

On Sun, Mar 21, 2010 at 12:55:07PM -0700, i...@bandshed.net wrote:

I am a member of this list but not the packaging team, I develop AV Linux and use your packages from GIT, Unstable and Squeeze regularly. Last year when I released AV Linux 2.0 based on Squeeze I had to build about 75% of the Audio applications from source in order to fulfill the status quo with other Multimedia intensive Distributions. The amount of ground this team has covered in less than a year is earth-shattering, I now have less than 10% of my applications outside of the official Debian channels.

Perhaps in the long term you guys will make me redundant but my user numbers continue to grow and I have to contemplate what direction to continue in.

Perhaps you could see the benefit of maintaining those remaining 10% at Alioth?

In other words: Why not join the team - even if your target it a derivative of Debian rather than Debian itself? I could certainly see a benefit in working as close together as possible! :-)

I haven't found Debian Testing/Unstable to be a terrible easy thing to distribute, as a single developer I don't have an extensive breakage buffering infrastructure like SiduX does and I basically have to tell my users not to update and provide them with regular updated ISO snapshots that I have broken and fixed to a point of useability.

Interesting.  Seriously.

I have quite some opinions on ways to produce custom distributions based on Debian, but that's off topic for this list. I'd be happy to discuss this topic further at the ble...@lists.debian.org list instead.

Finally to my question(s)...how much of the current pkg-multimedia
inventory will find it's way into Debian 6.0?

Do you know about the Debian QA pages? Have a look here: http://qa.debian.org/developer.php?login=pkg-multimedia-maintain...@lists.alioth.debian.org

...and notice the "Testing" column - that's what will end in next stable Debian distribution release, if all goes well.

Also now that there is a pkg-multimedia team in place for the next stable release will new applications eventually make their way into Stable? Or will it be the age old pattern of Debian Stable being bliss for the first few moths of it's release and then being woefully out of date for multimedia heads?

Yes, that is exactly how it is: after a few months WHAM! everything is old, boring and shitty and everyone are just longing for the next release happening ages later.

Or were you not trolling? Seems you knew the answer already and really wanted to complain. Perhaps if you rephrase your question it might be easier to understand (for me at least).

I wish I could say that Xorg, Udev, Grub2 and other libs have been fun to work with this past year...but NOT! I'd like to know what to expect to continue on for the next year. (Or until you guys get rid of me!)

Again - what is your question here?

kind regards,

 - Jonas

* Jonas Smedegaard - idealist & Internet-arkitekt
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