Is there a list of stable sources?

Asked by Matthias Mailänder on 2016-02-28

I took a lot of effort in packaging https://build.opensuse.org/project/show/X11:Pantheon with a few other people taking the Gentoo https://github.com/pimvullers/elementary/ and Arch Linux https://github.com/alucryd/aur-alucryd/tree/master/pantheon repositories as reference.

The result is disastrous.

Individual apps often work, but have missing icons despite the elementary icon theme being packaged. Sometimes they are a bit hard to build. I worked dependency hell around by keeping multiple versions of the vala APIs available.

The Pantheon session comes with a glitchy top bar with transparent menus. Only app launching through slingshot and log out work. I tried the in-development 0.4 series wingpanel which doesn't seem to use Ubuntu Unity indicators, but it's own and that doesn't even start.

After updating switchboard and all plugs to stable versions where released and bzr snapshots where none were available the switchboard segfaults at startup.

Reading http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Pantheon I feel like this is a systematic problem with Elementary/Pantheon. It seems the uncoordinated release process and relying on heavy patching inside DEB files to get things to work together tends to a problem for anyone who wants to maintain Pantheon/Elementary elsewhere.

This may be intended as you seem to want people to "purchase" the ISO from your download site, but somehow I don't think this is the right way in the free software ecosystem where you rely on each other. If this is more like an accident or a grown problem, is there a list of stable versions or tags that can be used together?

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Matthias Mailänder
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2016-03-02
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Ivan Avery Frey (v-ivan) said : #1

Bruguier Nicolas is working on getting Pantheon to work in Debian.

His repositories are listed here:
https://gitlab.com/pantheon-debian/pantheon-debian/wikis/home

Thanks. That sounds like a good reference.