Bug#487218: games-thumbnails: unclear copyright concerns

Jon Dowland jon+debian-devel-games at alcopop.org
Sun Jun 29 17:25:20 UTC 2008

On Sat, Jun 21, 2008 at 05:57:11PM +0200, Francesco Poli wrote:
> This is why it has to be a centralized package, and it cannot be
> scattered into the various game packages (I mean: each screenshot
> included in the corresponding package, just like a menu configuration
> entry, an icon, or something similar...): it has to be installable,
> without having to install *all* the game packages.
> Did I get it right?

Yes: the screenshots are being used like debian/control metadata.
GoPlay! is a graphical package browser that lets you navigate using the
debtags data, and displays the screenshot if there is one in
/usr/share/games/thumbnails/<packagename>.<extension> for a list of
valid extensions (currently everything seems to be PNG).

Putting the screenshots in the packages would mean you would need to
install the package to see it in the package browser, and the use-case
is more "I fancy playing a game, let's see what is available..."

> BTW, is there an on-line web-based version of GoPlay!, by chance?
> Apart from http://packages.debian.org/testing/games/ , of course...  ;-)

I don't think so but that is a good idea.

Jon Dowland

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