Bug#853910: meta-gnome3: consider dropping empathy dependency

Simon McVittie smcv at debian.org
Thu Feb 2 00:10:20 UTC 2017

Package: meta-gnome3
Version: 1:3.20+4
Severity: wishlist
Tags: patch

There was some discussion on #debian-gnome last week about maybe dropping
Telepathy from the core GNOME metapackages, on the basis that Telepathy
appears essentially dead upstream, and instant messaging (other than the
various closed-off networks like Facebook Chat) is a less interesting
feature than it used to be. (These facts are not unrelated of course.)

Empathy hasn't changed significantly since GNOME 3.12 and I think it's
time to consider dropping the dependency to a Recommends or Suggests,
or perhaps dropping it altogether, even though it's still in the
upstream modulesets.

I attach the obvious patch.

    (formerly a Telepathy maintainer)
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