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28th February 2011 00:00 (GMT)
On the unofficial wine-unstable packages on dev.carbon-project.org

I've been building unofficial wine-unstable packages for some time now and the amount of people apparently using them has become noticable (not only traffic-wise). Thus the amount of questions send to me has also risen quite a bit. In this post I try to address most of the questions in the hope it'll help people understand my motives for building these packages and potential pit falls for users.

First of all: I'll stop building those packages as soon as Debian has a – for my purposes – recent enough version in the archives. This is expected to happen soon as most/all of the blocking issues should be sorted out now/soon. See e.g. #557783 for some insight into the problems. It might happen after updated packages are in Debian, that I'll build one version or the other occasionally to test a certain patch or version. The bottom line of this is: don't rely on me to provide always the latest packages. (This, by the way, is also explanation enough to the question, whether I'm going to build the "official" (I consider only those entering Debian's archives official) Debian packages for upstream (WineHQ).)

Another question, which is seen every now and then in my inbox, is, whether I could add patch xyz to the packages. The answer is no. I maintain those packages for myself and if you want to use them, you're welcome. If you need another patch applied, just download the source package and add the patch with quilt to the series.

When a certain version/build doesn't work for you, you can ask me for help, but please don't expect me to handle "doesn't work" reports like I would handle bug reports for my packages. The wine-unstable packages are for myself and if they work for me, that's all I aim for.

Before spreading the word about my packages, make sure, you and those who read your post/message/whatever about my packages understand, that it is generally a very bad idea to install third-party packages, even though I'm a Debian Developer. Make also sure everybody understands that only the source package is signed with my key.

Please don't download all packages (binary and source), unless you really need all of them. Please pick the ones, you need and just download them.

Even though this might sound like begging, which I'm not, it'd be nice, if you could consider donating (via PayPal) something, to help cover the traffic costs. The traffic for just the wine-unstable packages has risen dramatically in the last few months. Thanks!

Now, I hope I've answered most questions, if not, feel free to contact me.

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