[aur-general] [flock] drop to AUR

Ionuț Bîru ibiru at archlinux.org
Wed Jul 21 05:32:15 EDT 2010

On 07/21/2010 11:24 AM, Ronald van Haren wrote:
> Hey guys,
> I'd like to drop flock [1] (some social web browser) to AUR soon, if
> any of you want to continue to support it in community, be my guest.
> The reason I want to remove it is that I'm fed up with the company
> developing it. For years communicating with them hasn't been a
> pleasure. E-mails don't get answered, forum posts only if you ask
> something they like to answer. A few years ago they removed the source
> code only to add it to some svn server which they did not document and
> it took quite some time for somebody to tell me where I could find the
> source. Then all of a sudden they disabled public svn access and put
> some source tarballs up somewhere, of course agains without
> documentation and you have to hunt the link down somewhere in their
> forum in a reply to someone. They also removed the developer portal
> from their site.
> Need more reasons? Last month they released a brand new deprecated
> version based on the firefox 3.0 unmaintained code. Security anyone?
> Of course the source was only made available quite some time after the
> binaries were released. Their next upcoming browser, which they
> indicated would be based on firefox 3.5/3.6 for the last year, will
> suddenly be based upon chromium and is currently available in beta for
> windows and mac osx coming sometime later this month as they say. I
> have no idea if they will ever release a binary i686 linux version,
> nor if they will be releasing the source code anytime soon (if they
> are required to do so based upon the chromium license?). So  even if
> they release the source code I'm not sure if it will be even remotely
> compatible with our libs or requires massive patching.
> I suppose I could go on, but that's the main reason I'd like to drop it.
> Ronald
> [1] http://www.flock.com/

i'll vote from removing entirely. they dropped support for firefox and 
the build is useless for newer versions


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