Monday, 30 June 2014

Re: Obsolete packages request for removal

On Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 02:32:27PM -0400, Michael Webster wrote:
> Greetings,
> I am one of the upstream maintainers of Cinnamon (desktop) and Nemo (file
> manager).
> There are currently two unofficial PPAs for Ubuntu users to get up-to-date
> versions of this software, but at one point in time there was a maintainer
> for these packages on Debian, and so they made their way into Ubuntu
> eventually. For whatever reasons, that maintainer abandoned the project,
> but unfortunately these very old, obsolete, and unsupported packages are
> still available in Ubuntu.
> This results in a few problems:
> - Users end up with non-working software (for various reasons, mostly
> attributable to library changes like GTK+ 3)
> - Users think they've got the latest, greatest versions, and report bugs on
> these unsupported versions.
> - The bugs get reported to their packages' Launchpad pages, which are
> unattended.
> - Users have some expectation of support, when in fact there is no support
> for these older versions.

There is also regarding distribution
upgrades to Ubuntu 14.04 failing which seems to have impacted a lot of
users and these reports continue to trickle in. Can anything be done for
these users?

Brian Murray