Long orphaned packages, removal suggestions

Riccardo Stagni unriccio at email.it
Thu Jul 24 23:24:28 UTC 2008

On Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 09:55:57PM +0200, Frank Lichtenheld wrote:
> This time I've gone trough the list of long orphaned packages.
> These are packages unlikely to ever get a new maintainer, at least
> they didn't manage to do so in the last two to three years.
> [...]
> fv              orphaned 3 years, popcon 189/20/156/13/0,
> 		rdeps: science-astronomy


I'm involved in astronomy and I planned to make some work on those
"monsters" that are fv and saods9. Some time ago I gave a look to the
sources: they are both a big mess, but I admit it was a very quick attempt
(I was very busy in the last months).

I could try to update them as summer homework. :)
(perhaps asking some help to those people working on saods9 in ubuntu)

Rant: Why the astronomers are not capable of programming? Or... Why
re-invent the wheel with some ad-hoc trick instead of using standard
things like anyone?
I mean: why include all the libraries you need? Why saods9 ships a
modified version of tcl/tk?


ps. please cc me in replies, as I'm subscribed only to d-s-m at l.a.d.o,
not (yet?) to debian-qa.
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