[Ekiga-devel-list] Ekiga and x264 in Debian main (was Re: Trunk: OPAL Fax problem)

Hi there!

On Thu, 08 May 2008 11:47:38 +0200, Damien Sandras wrote:
> Le jeudi 08 mai 2008 à 11:45 +0200, Torsten Schlabach a écrit :
>> Gismo / Luca wrote:
>>> If ekiga build-depends on
>>> x264 (which, BTW, is *still* not present as a Debian package, neither in
>>> non-free), ekiga itself will have to be put in non-free, which is
>>> something I won't prefer.
>> No, we don't want that I think.
> It is a pwlib plugin, so it can be packaged separately, and that
> specific plugin can be put in non-free.

Isn't instead an OPAL dependency?  However, this won't solve anything,
as far as I understood Matthias at [1].  But as a disclaimer, I haven't
checked ekiga trunk lately.

Please re-read the definition of the Debian categories [2]: a Debian
package to be in main (thus distributed with official CDs) must
build-depend only on software present in main.

This means that if opal build-depends on x264 (which is, let's say, in
non-free), then opal cannot be part of main.  My previous statement that
in this case opal (well, I wrote ekiga...) has to be put in non-free is
wrong: opal can go into contrib, since opal itself is a "free package
which requires [...]  a non-free package for compilation".  As a result,
ekiga has to be put in contrib, since ekiga build-depends on opal, which
isn't in main.

This situation will slow ekiga adoption, which is something I don't want
to see.

Thx, bye,
Gismo / Luca

[1] http://mail.gnome.org/archives/ekiga-devel-list/2008-May/msg00023.html
[2] http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/ch-archive.html#s-sections

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