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Monday, February 20, 2006

Experimental colorscheme packages for Ubuntu Breezy

I took a little while this afternoon to sit down and try to teach myself a little about packaging software. I'm of the general opinion that software packaging should be left to the experts so that things can get done right. In fact, this is one of the things that makes Debian (and by extension, Ubuntu) great. The packages are all of high quality and available in a central repository. Before moving to Debian I was a Red Hat user (around version 9 -- before Fedora and the extras improved things dramatically), so I'm well aware of the mess that comes from every user offering homemade packages on their websites.

Nevertheless, I've been getting a fair number of requests from people who want to use colorscheme but don't have the necessary expertise to install it from source. And I'd really like to get more people using it and giving me feedback. So I've made a couple experimental colorscheme packages for Ubuntu Breezy (i386 and amd64). Hopefully this is just a temporary stop-gap measure until the software gets packaged for more distributions.

I make no guarantee that the packages will even work. Nor will I guarantee any support for them (remember, I don't actually know what I'm doing -- I just whipped those up in an afternoon). So I don't particularly condone using them, but if you want to use the application and can't get it installed from source, it's an option.


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