Saturday, May 12, 2007

Pidgin in Unsupported

I was quite surprised after looking at -Current changelog today:
xap/pidgin-2.0.0-i486-2.tgz: Here's a little excerpt from:
"We have no developers using Slack, and furthermore, several of us actively dislike that distribution for its history of broken installs, as well as for its non-existant package management. You cannot create true packages for Slack."
Well, I'm somewhat shocked by this, having never (to my knowledge) done anything to any of the former GAIM or Pidgin developers to make them mad at me, Slackware, or anyone on the Slackware team. I guess if they feel it's not possible to make a "true" Pidgin package for Slackware, there's no point in continuing to try. Having put out 7 security advisories on GAIM, I'm quite sure there will be less work here if Pidgin is not included.
The Pidgin package has been moved to the "unsupported" directory. For the record, I do not actively dislike Pidgin or any of their developers, but I do plan to use Kopete from now on.

This entry has been changed into this by the time i browsed the site:
We have no developers using Slackware, and we do not support it, due to a history of problems which are caused or made unnecessarily difficult to solve by the fact that its package system does not support automatic dependency resolution. We also recommend that users do not attempt to compile Pidgin from source on Slackware, but instead use the packages provided by the Slackware team. If you insist on trying this out yourself, the only advice we can give you is to ask for help in ##slackware on, or on the Slackware mailing lists.

Nevertheless, pidgin has been placed under unsupported directory which means that Pat will no longer support this great application anymore (unless he changed his mind). I do hope that he will still support this great application. On my personal experience, Gaim/Pidgin packages build by Pat always worked for me and he always provides all the dependencies required by Gaim/Pidgin packages (it's the fact that Slackware package management doesn't do dependency checking, but it has been there for more than ten years and everybody loves it and there's a lot of community out there willing to help you if you have problems with Gaim/Pidgin).

Well, if Pat doesn't change his mind, all Gaim/Pidgin fans will have to download the SlackBuild script that Pat used to build previous version and build it manually or grab the SlackBuild in SlackBuilds project or wait until someone build a Gaim/Pidgin packages on LinuxPackages. It is a pity to lose such a great IM client.