Bug#399326: GNOME-free is only for win32 crosscompile

gregor herrmann gregor+debian at comodo.priv.at
Thu Sep 27 20:28:35 UTC 2007

On Sun, 23 Sep 2007 03:18:51 +0200, Kilian Krause wrote:

> the GNOME-free variant has been only introduced for win32
> crosscompilation. Most of all to keep the porting requirement small (at
> least lower than a full GNOME base set of libs). It's breaking way too
> many features on a platform that does have all the required libs at no
> extra cost and thus for a full Linux distro it is officially recommended
> to not be used. In other words, for embDebian or other embedded Linux
> distributions it may be a viable path, but for Debian at large it's not
> going to happen.

I came to this bugreport because I wanted to file the same whishlist

Your answer is a surprise for me -- I've built a gnome-free version
(by taking the Debian package and doing some simple changes on the
Build-Depends and the ./configure switches), and I don't see any

Probably there's some functionality missing but hey, it's the user's
choice if they need it or not. Or maybe I don't see which important
features I'm missing.

ATM I fail to see the problem with adding an additional binary
package that does not depend on gnome; therefore I'd like to ask
again for including such a package.

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