[linux-elitists] Antipackages and surveys

Don Marti dmarti at zgp.org
Sat Sep 12 07:03:50 PDT 2009

Quite a while ago, some of us discussed the idea of
"antipackages" -- deb packages with _just conflicts_,
no actual software.

Here's an initial batch:

  git clone git://gitorious.org/antipackages/antipackages.git   

So far there are: no-java, no-mono, no-python, and
no-wesnoth.  I'm sure there are other categories of
stuff that people don't want to have dragged onto
their systems by mistake.

I'm starting to suspect that straightforward
"popularity contest" package checks might overstate
the popularity of large software runtimes -- if you
try one little doo-dad that depends on a monster
software package, you get listed as a user of same,
so what the heck, every developer might as well depend
on it because so many users have it.

Antipackages could help give a voice to the
constituency that just wants less software on the

Yes, I know, they should be a proper apt-gettable
package repository.

Don Marti                                 +1 510-332-1587 mobile
dmarti at zgp.org

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