multimedia-blends: policy question(s)

Felipe Sateler fsateler at
Fri Jun 12 13:23:40 UTC 2015

On 11 June 2015 at 21:53, IOhannes m zmölnig <zmoelnig at> wrote:
> On 06/11/2015 09:23 PM, Felipe Sateler wrote:
>>> synthesis at all; darn - did i just here me volunteer to maintain a
>>> "puredata" task?)
>> :)
>> I don't think we need per-application-ecosystem metapackages.
> but right now the user does not have a possibility to install an entire
> ecosystem like Pd's.
> which i think is a flaw.
> if my use-case of meta-packages is a single pkg installation to get me
> running for a given task, then i find a package that pulls in an entire
> ecosystems of more relevance than a a broad selection of packages that
> could be useful in that task.
> but maybe Pd is a bit of an outlier here, with 70+ (binary) packages
> that all belong to the same ecosystem.

Yes, I don't think we have another ecosystem with so many packages.

> and of course i'm biased here.
> i do believe that Debian should have a meta-package for the entire
> pd-universe; and so i thought that the multimedia-blends would fit the bill.

In light of the above, it indeed might.

>> Non-soundsynth packages like gem should of course not be in the
>> soundsynth package, maybe we need a videosynth package?
> i would have put it into the "video" task, but now i see that this is
> full with video *players* (and the occasional vjing and converter tool).
> so actually i would split "video" in multiple packages ("videoplayers",
> "videosynth", "vjing",...) and have the original video package
> Depends/Recommends these.

Good idea.

>>> - ffmulticonverter
>> Quite possibly you need to transcode your resulting audio for distribution?
>but that's not a "recording" task, it's "postproduction" (which comes
>after the *mixing* task).

Indeed. Feel free to correct things. As I said when I almost dropped
the tasks and Ross has said now again, the current categorizations are
not really ok. I unfortunately am out of time to invest much effort
into this.

> anyhow: can't a package be in multiple tasks?

Yes, it can.


Felipe Sateler

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