hydrogen-drumkits package

Jaromír Mikeš mira.mikes at gmail.com
Mon Sep 21 18:00:57 UTC 2015

2015-09-21 14:44 GMT+02:00 IOhannes m zmölnig (Debian/GNU)
<umlaeute at debian.org>:
> On 2015-09-14 23:09, Jaromír Mikeš wrote:
>> Hi Alessio, Jonas, others
>> I jumped in to updating hydrogen-drumkits package ... I updated it and
>> realize that it is really huge! :(  ... About 250MB
>> I think something so big doesn't make sense distribute in debian.
>> What we should do with it?
>> 1) Ask the upstream to make just "basic" collection of drumkits ( e.g.
>> about 20MB ) package it and let users download whatever they want from
>> internet?
>> 2) Create package which wouldn't contain drumkits itselfs but only
>> script for downloading and installing drumkits?
>> 3) Other solution?
> so after i tried contacting artemiy pavlov (the first address already
> bounced; the 2nd has now bounced as well but at least with a hint where
> to contact him), i re-read the hydrogen homeage, where it say:

Yes contacting all this authors and asking for clarifying copyright
would be awful task :(

>> These libraries can also be downloaded and installed from within
>> Hydrogen.  Goto Instruments -> Import Library.  Hit Update list',
>> select the library you want to install and click the Download and
>> install' button.

I didn't know about this function myself ... :(

> launching up hydrogen and doing as suggested, indeed reveals that the
> hydrogen itself already comes with all the downloader functionality
> suggested by you in (2).
> this basically lowers my energy a bit to provide anything complicated
> within Debian...
> the incestive to keep a hydrogen-drumkits around would be
> i think that main reason for a Debian package would be to provide a
> verified-to-be-free set of drumkits and to provide a drumkit to start
> playing with (but i think the latter is not so important as hydrogen can
> also use GM - which sounds cheesy but provides at least something)

hydrogen package ( not hydrogen-drumkits ) install GMkit and TR808EmulationKit
So the question is ... Do we need hydrogen-drumkits package?
I think it would be great to have it but not in given circumstances
... problematic copyrights and hardly contactable authors.
Also upstream tarball release would make things easer.


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