[Fedora-packaging] Re: Long and "advertising" descriptions

Thorsten Leemhuis fedora at leemhuis.info
Tue Sep 16 14:16:50 UTC 2008

On 15.09.2008 17:00, Patrice Dumas wrote:
> I don't think advertising should be mentionned, nor removing the authors

I totally disagree, as both advertising and authors can lead to really 
big problems ("can of worms"):

- look at the enlightenment description -- it sounds a bit like "this is 
better then GNOME or KDE"; thus those people maintaining GNOME or KDE 
might start adding "no, our Desktop is in fact better than 
Enlightenment"; I'd say nobody want such a mess (even if it sounds 
unlikely that things really get that worse)

- Open-Source is about working together; thus most of the packages we 
ship have multiple authors; which ones  do you mention? the one that 
started the project? the most important one? If the first: what if he 
has left ages ago? If the second: who maintains that list and decides?

  And mentioning the author in one package could lead to other upstream 
authors to requests like "you guys mention the author in the description 
for package foo, but you don't mention *my name* in the description of 
bar, which contains software I wrote. That will get interesting when it 
comes to packages like the kernels, which has multiple thousand authors


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