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    Re: XFree86 4.2.0 (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Saturday, January 26 @ 01:41:47 GMT

    What would be nice is a website saying the status of new versions of major packages. Like Current, New Release Unpackaged, Being Packaged, Being Tested, etc. No need to post a specific date for anything. Just a place for people to go and see the status. Like ok they haven’t even gotten started yet, might be a while, or ok it’s being tested so it’s almost done, or something like that. I think people just want to know is somebody working on it right now? Is it in testing? I remember waiting for the release of some software everyday doing an update to see if it was ready and after like to weeks i asked someone on irc and they said the maintainer was busy with something else and didn’t even get started yet. That is fine, but it would have been better for me to know that it wasn’t just about to get packaged any second. On the other hand i think we have all done a upgrade of all the packages not expect a new release of some large package for a while and then 2 days later the new version is out. Why not just make a site for this kind of information. It wouldn’t take much time for the maintainers instead of answering so many emails. Then you don’t need to answer the same question till you blow up and roast some newbie, just point them all to the website. Plus eventually it would get around to the various irc channels and newsgroups that for the questions of when a new package hits sid to send the person to that site. I know in classic debian style you will say if you want it so much make it yourself and maybe the maintainers will use it. Ok if someone has the webspace i would help develop a simple system to make this easy to update. I’m not gonna spearhead the prject or something but if somebody wants to do it i could pitch in some perl and html skill to work it out. Thats something i would like to see. That’s my suggestion, not great but better than making everyone involved so angry.

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