[needs-packaging] snes9x-gtk

Bug #877073 reported by jhfhlkjlj on 2011-10-18
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Bug Description

URL: https://code.google.com/p/snes9x-gtk/downloads/list
License: LGPL (core snes9x license pasted at bottom)
PPA that has hosted the project for a long time now: https://launchpad.net/~bearoso/+archive/ppa

-----notes----

Debian's ticket #617588 (http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=617588) requested removal of snes9x-gtk. As of Oneiric it is now gone after a long tenure.

Reasons from Debian:

"Please remove snes9x:
- Orphaned since 1.5 years
- Dead upstream
- Low popcon
- Non-free, free alternative exists (zsnes)[see snes9x license below]"

This project is very much not dead and has, in fact, had a release a few months ago. The project is well-maintained and integrates nicely in Ubuntu.

Since Debian seems unwilling to host this project it would be best for Ubuntu to house it.

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snes9x license:

  Permission to use, copy, modify and/or distribute Snes9x in both binary
  and source form, for non-commercial purposes, is hereby granted without
  fee, providing that this license information and copyright notice appear
  with all copies and any derived work.

  This software is provided 'as-is', without any express or implied
  warranty. In no event shall the authors be held liable for any damages
  arising from the use of this software or it's derivatives.

  Snes9x is freeware for PERSONAL USE only. Commercial users should
  seek permission of the copyright holders first. Commercial use includes,
  but is not limited to, charging money for Snes9x or software derived from
  Snes9x, including Snes9x or derivatives in commercial game bundles, and/or
  using Snes9x as a promotion for your commercial product.

  The copyright holders request that bug fixes and improvements to the code
  should be forwarded to them so everyone can benefit from the modifications
  in future versions.

  Super NES and Super Nintendo Entertainment System are trademarks of
  Nintendo Co., Limited and its subsidiary companies.

description: updated

It does seem like these claims are dubious. Snes9x is still updated upstream and has a public github repository, while the zsnes upstream hasn't changed in almost 5 years. Claiming zsnes is an alternative clearly suggests personal preference, as it doesn't nearly approach the same accuracy as Snes9x, and a better (still free) alternative, bsnes, exists and would make a more applicable replacement.

Still, there's not much one can do when an opinionated maintainer makes a decision. I'm updating my PPA with packages for natty and oneiric now. I'll try to keep it more up-to-date since there are no official packages anymore.

Brandon, I don't know how well-acquainted you are with Ubuntu but it is possible to get new packages published in the software center without having to wait for the next 6-month cadence. Would that be easier?

More can be read at http://developer.ubuntu.com/

Brian Murray (brian-murray) wrote :

*** This is an automated message ***

This bug is tagged needs-packaging which identifies it as a request for a new package in Ubuntu. As a part of the managing needs-packaging bug reports specification, https://wiki.ubuntu.com/QATeam/Specs/NeedsPackagingBugs, all needs-packaging bug reports have Wishlist importance. Subsequently, I'm setting this bug's status to Wishlist.

Changed in ubuntu:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in ubuntu:
status: New → Confirmed
i30817 (i30817) wrote :

Wtf debian!?

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