[Shotwell] Shotwell 0.8.1 PPA available for Ubuntu Lucid
martin+shotwell at flexion.org
Mon Mar 21 10:20:51 PDT 2011
On Mon, 21 Mar 2011 06:03:14 -0700, Adam Dingle wrote:
> Your backporting efforts are impressive - it's clear that some users
> are interested in running newer versions of Shotwell on Lucid and
> is helping them out, so thanks.
Thanks, I've only been doing the packaging and PPA thing for a couple
of days. So far, so good :-)
> I am curious, however: why are you and others so interested in
> continuing to run Lucid rather than simply updating to Maverick? Is
> it because Lucid is marked as a long-term-support release, or because
> there was some change in Maverick you didn't like, or something else?
> Obviously everyone's situation is unique, but Ubuntu has made it
> pretty painless to upgrade so I'm honestly a little surprised that so
> many people who want to use the very latest Shotwell releases want to
> hold back on upgrading Ubuntu itself.
When the first Ubuntu LTS release came along I conveniently forgot
everything I knew about Windows and as family members wanted their
computers fixing they were migrated to Ubunutu LTS ;-) My family members
only run the current LTS, therefore they are all on Lucid. I always run
the current release, so I am now on Maverick and soon to be Natty.
My wife and I have a shared Dropbox account into which I have
sym-linked ~/.shotwell so we can share the same photo album database and
both add new pictures of our daughter to a shared Shotwell installation.
This works great, right up to the point I upgraded to Maverick and got
Shotwell 0.8.1 and my wife was still running 0.7.2. Database breakage
So my motivation for back porting Shotwell was to save my marriage ;-)
I also did it because I was interested to learn the back porting process
and I thought a Lucid version of Shotwell would be of value to other
Lucid users. When I saw that ticket saying it wasn't simple I thought
that was challenge enough to have a go :-) I love Shotwell and wanted to
give a little something back so I asked the nice people at OMG! Ubuntu!
to post an article about my Shortwell 0.8.1 back port and they duely
I also set the desktop standards at my work. Our workstation policy is
LTS, so everyone is on Lucid. I imagine other organisations do the same.
> Shotwell only requires libraw 0.9. We encourage people to use newer
> libraw releases, though, since there have been many improvements and
> bug fixes since 0.9.
I've back ported libraw 0.13.1 from Debian Wheezy and am waiting on the
outcome of the following ticket before I release a non-experimental
Shotwell 0.9.0 build based on a newer libraw library.
I have built svn 2775 of Shotwell for Lucid earlier today and libraw
0.13.1 builds for Lucid, Maverick and Natty. They are all currently
sitting in my Experimental PPA.
Todays build of Shotwell now uses the Vala Team PPA as a build
dependency since they've now published 0.11.7 so no need to maintain my
own back port any longer. I believe it would be trivial for the Yorba
PPA to provide Lucid versions of Shotwell 0.9.0 when you release it. I'd
be glad to help with that if required.
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