[Pkg-ayatana-devel] Update libido?

Cameron Norman camerontnorman at gmail.com
Sun Aug 31 20:48:05 UTC 2014

On Sun, Aug 31, 2014 at 11:57 AM, Andrew Starr-Bochicchio
<asb at debian.org> wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 2:09 PM, Cameron Norman
> <camerontnorman at gmail.com> wrote:
>> The version of ido in unstable is ancient, like from quantal era. It should
>> probably be updated. I am not a DD, but could one of you sponsor me if I
>> prepare an updated package?
> Hi Cameron,
> Sorry for the very late reply! I'm curious as to what you are using
> ido for in Debian. I actually recently suggested it might be time to
> remove the pkg-ayatana package's from Debian:
> http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/pkg-ayatana-devel/2014-August/001073.html

My intended usage for libido was to use Ayatana indicators with
elementary's Wingpanel. The rest of elementary is being packaged,
however Wingpanel is hung up due to the indicator situation not being
good in Debian.

> If there are people using them and willing to maintain them, then we
> certainly don't want to do that. Though the current team doesn't seem
> to be active at all. Judging by the fact that your mail is one of the
> very few asking to update these packages, I'd guess they don't have an
> active user base in Debian. My personal use for these packages was to
> improve the Gnome 2 experience. That use case is long gone.

I think that the indicators can still be used by XFCE (and obviously
Wingpanel), however right now the packages are simply too old to be of
any use.

I recently tried to compile ido on Sid and it would not even work. I
think there needs to be work done upstream in ido to use native gtk
widgets instead of custom ubuntu ones before ido has a place in
Debian. So, I would actually support the removal at this point.

Thank you,
Cameron Norman

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