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Sigh. No LWN, we are not dropping packages

So LWN decided to report openmotif is being dropped from the Fedora development tree which is great except that they added this bit “As a result, a number of packages using openmotif (including cmucl, ddd, nedit, and xpdf) will break; they, too, will be removed if they cannot be shifted over to lesstif in the next month.” LWN doesnt seem to have a way to link to their short summary directly either. If you go to you should be able to see it for a while however.

I dont know where the editor Jonathan Corbet got this particular piece of information from since it has not been reported in any of the Fedora lists that we are going to be dropping packages. On the contrary all the ground work required to make sure these applications can work with lesstif has already been done. Now I hear all the unnecessary complaints that people are going to lose their favorite packages – xpdf, ddd, cmucl or whatever. I am tired of doing damage control today.


Written by mether

September 1, 2006 at 6:34 am

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  1. Correction

    Kinda hard on Jon, aren’t you?

    If I read this correctly, LWN reported *this* (seemingly authoritative) message:

    and that is certainly an official Fedora page.

    And it clearly says that these packages have to be ported to use lesstif, and that it is the maintainer’s job.

    Doesn’t say anywhere that the Fedora team is going to be doing that (as you seem to imply).


    September 1, 2006 at 6:08 am

    • Re: Correction

      Yes, the Fedora team did indeed do the work. We wouldnt be able to claim that just a recompilation is enough otherwise.

      See for more details. Anyway the issue is sorted out since Jon did contact me. Thanks


      September 1, 2006 at 3:08 pm

  2. apt-cache depends ddd
    Depends: lesstif2

    apt-cache depends xpdf-reader
    Depends: lesstif2


    In short they alread all depend on lesstif on other distro. What is the problem?


    September 1, 2006 at 12:54 pm

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