[aur-general] TU Application - György Balló

Ionut Biru ibiru at archlinux.org
Sat Mar 3 11:12:53 EST 2012

On 03/03/2012 04:15 PM, Rashif Ray Rahman wrote:
> On 3 March 2012 11:38, Balló György <ballogyor at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> thanks for the question.
>>> I looked at your AUR packages and saw that you are maintaining the
>>> unity desktop. I never used this desktop environment, but as a
>>> curiosity is it something you want to eventually bring into [community] ?
>> I worked a lot on making Unity and indicators usable on Arch Linux, but
>> I don't want to add any of these packages[1] into [community], because
>> Ubuntu heavily patched gtk2, gtk3[2], metacity and compiz, and it's
>> impossible to build and/or use some packages with the upstream,
>> unmodified packages. They patched a lot of other packages also for
>> better integration into the panel and the launcher.
>> So if GNOME developers accept some must have patches, then I could
>> imagine to add these packages, but until it does not happen, it's better
>> to keep them in a separated repo. (However I'm not sure that Ubuntu sent
>> all required patches to upstream yet.)
>> [1] Nearly all packages in ubuntu-unity and apps-unity directories on
>> https://github.com/City-busz/Arch-Linux-Repository
>> [2] E.g.: https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=658563
> Is there a separate repo? Do you intend to start one otherwise? I
> would really like to see unity accessible for Arch users.

I don't want to see an official repo just for unity because it does not
work with vanilla dependencies. Fedora, Opensuse  have tried to provide
it in their repositories but dropped it when they released that is too
hard to maintain it, because Canonical doesn't even try to push their
changes upstream.

Unity is only a Canonical project, not a project that can be used by anyone.

> Anyway, I don't know what all the fuss on workarounds is about, but I
> view "workarounds" as temporary fixes, nothing harmful. It is
> perfectly valid to work around limitations for which there is no
> current solution.
> --
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