[lsb-discuss] LSB depends on upstream-unmaintained Qt 3

Till Kamppeter till.kamppeter at gmail.com
Wed Mar 2 12:14:59 PST 2011


Hi,

at Ubuntu there came up a discussion now about moving Qt 3 from the 
commercially supported (by Canonical) Main section to the unsupported 
Universe section, pulling also the LSB compatibility package "lsb" down 
to Universe. This would mean that a standard installation or an 
installation of a support customer of Canonical (these installations do 
not have Universe in their set of package download sources) would not be 
able to install commercial applications provides as LSB packages and 
also not automatically downloaded printer driver packages from 
OpenPrinting. The former is mainly an issue for the enterprise user with 
Canonical support and the latter for the "works out-of-the-box" desktop 
experience.

I understand that the Ubuntu developer community and also Canonical do 
not want to support a complex GUI library package which is not 
maintained upstream. But now the problem occurs. Other distros will 
perhaps also think like Canonical and get rid of the load of maintaining 
Qt3 and with that drop the LSB.

How should we go on with the LSB when it produces with every version a 
bigger and bigger ballast of old libraries and packages which distros 
have to include and maintain while appropriate upstreams drop 
maintaining this old stuff?

Would one perhaps need some central pseudo-upstream keeping the source 
of the old libraries and doing security fixes do avoid either duplicate 
effort by the distros or distros droppingf LSB support?

    Till


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