Bug#750798: mate-desktop-environment: please rename to mate{, -core, -extras}

Mike Gabriel mike.gabriel at das-netzwerkteam.de
Sat Jun 7 12:50:53 UTC 2014

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Hi Adam,

On  Sa 07 Jun 2014 03:09:58 CEST, Adam Borowski wrote:

> Package: mate-desktop-environment
> Version: 1.8.0+2
> Severity: wishlist
> Hi!
> Back in the day, this kind of metapackages used to be named
> foo-desktop-environment.  This is no more, yet I see that for some reason
> MATE uses this old scheme.
> I'd say this is both inconsistent and confusing.  A package named
> "mate-desktop" exists, yet it's not what one would expect.  On the other
> hand, other desktop environments' metapackages are named:
>   gnome
>   lxde
>   kde-standard
>   xfce4  xfce4-goodies
> As 3/4 of these use just their short name, I'd suggest using just "mate" as
> well.
> Meow!

I have been wondering about the reason of other packaging teams for  
dropping that old naming scheme for desktop shell meta packages, as I  
think it makes more sense than those short names we currently have in  

If there is a consensus on such short names, I will follow that  
consensus and rename bin:packages of the meta src:package  

However, if it is just a matter of trendyness, I'd offer adding  
"Provides: mate" resp. "Provides: mate-core", resp. "Provides:  
mate-extras" to the different bin:package in src:package  
mate-desktop-environment as a solution while keeping the current  
bin:package names.

Feedback? Comments?


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