considered harmful - redux

Fabian Greffrath fabian at
Thu Apr 12 14:39:17 UTC 2012

Dear Stefano,

Am 12.04.2012 14:26, schrieb Stefano Zacchiroli:
> I'd appreciate your feedback on it.

thank you very much for the draft.

However, sadly, I doubt this will lead us anywhere. I do not believe 
that Christian will ever change the domain name of his repository now 
that it is that established - and I am not sure if this is really 
something we should demand from him. So, IMHO, step (2) will never happen.

OTOH, we have approached Christian several times before with words 
similar to what you used in the draft. I don't expect that another 
approach will change his mind and attitude regarding collaboration 
with us - and I think that he knows himself quite well that the 
package duplication that he introduces causes harm and pollutes the 
Debian package name space. That's really nothing we we should need to 
educate him about at all.

I think there are two other steps that we can demand from him:

(1) There should be a clear statement/disclaimer on the d-m.o homepage 
telling users that this is an unofficial repository that is not 
affiliated to Debian in general and the pkg-multimedia team in 
particular and that using packages from this repository is at own 
risk. A properly worded disclaimer can be found e.g. on the medibuntu 

(2) There should be a clarification on the homepage that the Donations 
collected on the page are not targeted at Debian but only at d-m.o itself.

These two claims are IMHO absolutely important!

Thanks again,

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