expiration of net/skype ?!

mato gamato at users.sf.net
Sun May 1 07:26:51 UTC 2011


Chris Rees wrote:
>
>
> On 1 May 2011 07:58, "mato" <gamato at users.sf.net 
> <mailto:gamato at users.sf.net>> wrote:
> >
> > Peter Jeremy wrote:
> >>
> >> On 2011-Apr-26 01:47:30 +0200, martinko<gamato at users.sf.net 
> <mailto:gamato at users.sf.net>>  wrote:
> >>
> >>>
> >>> So what is this deprecation and expiration of net/skype port please ??
> >>>
> >>
> >> Whilst the Skype port still works, the version of Skype referenced by
> >> the port is no longer available and later versions of Skype do not
> >> (currently) work on FreeBSD.  My reading of the Skype license suggests
> >> that the FreeBSD Project cannot host the distfile without an agreement
> >> with Skype.  This means that someone who doesn't currently have the
> >> Skype distfile cannot install the Skype port.
> >>
> >> I believe work is underway to support the currently available version
> >> of Skype.
> >>
> >
> >
> > Ok, from my understanding it wouldn't be the first time a port 
> distfile is not (easily) available yet the port itself works if one 
> can get the distfile.  And it's very easy to search successfully the 
> interwebs for this particular distfile.  In such a case I see no 
> reason to remove the port if it works (under condition one gets the 
> distfile).  I myself have it (and I even host it privately).  And 
> reading mailing lists reveals there are many people using the port.
> >
>
> If one is capable of finding a distfile it's a trivial addition to 
> find the port.
>
> Rather than having defective ports in the tree, perhaps you could host 
> the Skype shar? With a decent title it'll probably show up early 
> enough on a Google search.
>
> Chris
>

That is one of possibilities.  The question is whether we want to lower 
barriers for new / common users or not.  Experience suggests that people 
will choose a different solution if it makes their life easier.  See my 
other recent post please.

Regards,

M.


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