> In more than a decade of packaging I've only encountered once a non-java
> package which was as rotten to the core as the average java package is (argyllcms).
Nothing like slandering someone in passing, eh ?
Lets see, ArgyllCMS is about 6M of source (it's got a way
to go to get to the hundreds of meg of java apps mentioned),
and includes sources for exactly three libraries that are semi-standardized,
one of which is only used if the local system doesn't contain it (libtiff).
Being wider in scope than a mere Linux application (ie. it is cross platform
and runs on MSWindows and OS X too) makes for considerations that
go beyond what a particular Linux distro would like. In spite of
this, I've bent over backwards to accommodate peculiar requests
from various distributions (such as concerns about U.S. centric
patent issues, etc.). Daring to actually stand up to the
bullying of some Linux distro's seems to make me "rotten to the core"
Actual users of Argyll appreciate that it installs and runs
on a wide variety of systems without any of the "dependency hell"
that can too often result from dependence on libraries that may or
may not be installed on a system, and may or may not be compatible,
and they also appreciate some degree of concern about whether the
software works correctly, rather than patching it for philosophical
reasons, and merely hoping that it still works.