Fwd: icon packaging
winter at kde.org
Wed Feb 18 14:47:01 CET 2009
On Tuesday 17 February 2009 8:44:36 am C. Boemann wrote:
> ---------- Forwarded Message ----------
> Subject: icon packaging
> Date: Tuesday 17 February 2009
> From: "C. Boemann" <cbr at boemann.dk>
> To: kde-packager at kde.org, kde-release-team at kde.org, all at oxygen-icons.org
> [cross posting a bit - please reply to all]
> The packaging/repository of icons gives several problems for artists,
> packagers and app developers.
> Today the fd definition is shared between tango and oxygen icon sets and
> other icon sets are joining. This is a cool thing as it allows the users to
> choose which icon set they want.
> This standarisation also means that many more icons are now shared
> across applications. Different chat apps all use the same icons. Different
> office apps would use the same icons. But this leads to duplication of icons
> and conflicts when both apps are installed at the same time. The ideal thing
> here is only one package that contains all icons.
> Today with oxygen icons that repository is kdebase, but that is a problem for
> third party apps that would have to wait for kdebase to be updated before
> they can release in effect tying the apps release schedule to kdebase which
> they don't want.
> To remedy this the artists today place some icons in the apps. But apart
> from creating conflicts it also makes it hard for icon artists to keep a close
> eye on the icons - they disappear out of of sight for the artists.
> Some of you packagers already extract the icons from kdebase into your own
> package so the proposal I have is not that radical for you.
> Simply stated I want the oxygen icons to be moved out of kdebase into it's
> own repository. That repository is then released often (say every week)
> Then apps that need icons would only have to wait a week from the icon is
> created to it is available. No more tie in to kde releases. The release of
> kdebase would naturally require a simultanious release of the icons too.
> Furthermore this scheme (along with the fd standard) would allow you
> packagers to create a virtual package "icons" that would depend on either
> oxygenicons or tangoicons or any other fd conforming package.
> We at oxygen would like to move our repository out of kdebase asap.
> The versioning of oxygenicons would follow KDE's snapshot, beta and rc
> numbering, starting with 4.x.60 shortly after a stable 4.x.0 release, and then
> updating about once a week. Point releases in stable branches would need to
> depend on the oxygenicons version at the time. So kde 4.2.2 would probably
> rely on oxygenicons >=4.2.70 or something like that.
Seems reasonable and would solve some problems.
No objections from me.
Are you planning to manage the weekly snapshots yourself?
Or do you expect Dirk to manage that?
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