[SUSPECTED SPAM] Re: Install package for Ubuntu

Ethan Blanton elb at pidgin.im
Mon May 14 14:31:59 EDT 2007

João Pinto spake unto us the following wisdom:
> Debian Unstable Pidgin 2.0.0 binaries are not installable on the current
> Ubuntu version, anyway your comment follows the same logic that drives users
> to break their systems trying to install the Debian packages.
> I will rebuild my packages using the official Debian package rules to avoid
> any future distribution upgrade issues.

If this "break[s] their systems", then the package has a bug; it
should not.  If the package is compatible, it should install fine, and
if it is not, the requirements will indicate as much.

> I understand your policy concerns, but I am also sure that it will fail in
> the sense that people will keep looking for easy installations means and
> eventually install it from unreliable sources.

It has worked for years, now.  When we violated this policy, and
allowed third-party users or developers to provide packages for us, we
ran into situations where these users or developers were shipping
patched binaries, and we have no way to tell or correct this.  This is
not acceptable.


The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws [that have no remedy
for evils].  They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor
determined to commit crimes.
		-- Cesare Beccaria, "On Crimes and Punishments", 1764
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