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

Adam Borowski kilobyte at angband.pl
Sat Jun 7 14:48:00 UTC 2014

On Sat, Jun 07, 2014 at 12:50:53PM +0000, Mike Gabriel wrote:
> On  Sa 07 Jun 2014 03:09:58 CEST, Adam Borowski wrote:
> >Package: mate-desktop-environment
> >
> >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.
> 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 Debian.
> If there is a consensus on such short names, I will follow that
> consensus and rename bin:packages of the meta src:package
> mate-desktop-environment.
> 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?

Probably the best place to colour bikesheds like this is -devel, let's
see what folks have to say.

My arguments for just "mate" are:
* requires less searching from the user
* no confusion with "mate-desktop"
but your idea of using Provides: has some merit, too.

Gnome 3, Windows 8, Slashdot Beta, now Firefox Ribbon^WAustralis.  WTF is going
on with replacing usable interfaces with tabletized ones?

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