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Debian Says Remove Unofficial Repository From Your Sources 159

Debian warns on its blog: "The unofficial third party repository Debian Multimedia stopped using the domain some months ago. The domain expired and it is now registered again by someone unknown to Debian. (If we're wrong on this point, please sent us an email so we can take over the domain! This means that the repository is no longer safe to use, and you should remove the related entries from your source.list file.)" Update: 06/14 02:58 GMT by U L : If you're wondering where it went, it moved to, after the DPL (at the time) asked the maintainer to stop using the Debian name.
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Debian Says Remove Unofficial Repository From Your Sources

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  • Ugh, forks (Score:4, Interesting)

    by BitZtream ( 692029 ) on Thursday June 13, 2013 @11:07PM (#44003669)

    He said (d-m.o) he stopped using the name because she told him to.

    She said (the actual debian team) he shouldn't use the confusion it causes and people think donating to him is for Debian in general due to the scammy way its worded and fine print ...

    He said, I'll just dump the original name, then in my nice passive aggressive way, I'll use another name that is going to cause more or less the exact same problem! That'll teach those guys!.

    She then had to warn all of her customers because he just let the domain expire and be taken over by someone else for phishing purposes, he is such a considerate guy, she said under her breath.

    So basically, the debian-multimedia guy is being an ass by not only making a new nearly equally confusing name, the jack ass let the old one expire immediately so that someone else could pick it up, and in tiny print (wtf is with jackasses making text small, let the browser do its job douche) he puts on his website ... that no one visits after the initial hits because they now have the repository in /etc/apt anyway ... there he tells of the change ...

    Since apt doesn't validate that the domain is held by a trusted source/known private key before accepting it, this is a known issue and the d-m.o guy is just being an unhelpful ass.

    After reading everything, I think d-m.o douche could have been a lot more professional.

    He could have been a normal person and just done what debian asked ... put a notice on his page saying 'I'm not taking these donations for debian, they are for me!' but instead he didn't want to.

    He's essentially trying to scam people into donations unless they carefully read the right parts of his site. Now I'm all for reading the fine print, but when you are intentionally scamming people and trying to skirt around that fact by 'the fine print' so to speak, you're still just a scum back.

    This guy, needs to be blacklisted by geeks. No one should give him money, he's not a team player, a bad sport, a jerk, and a scammer. He's a passive aggressive asshole.

    Yes, I can get that from reading a couple of his websites and an email thread on the Debian lists.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 14, 2013 @12:05AM (#44003933) []

    Do read it all. It may not apply here but it should be read by everyone who uses package managers.

  • Re:What problems? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by GPLHost-Thomas ( 1330431 ) on Friday June 14, 2013 @10:11AM (#44006605)

    The more popular the package is the better and more arcane the reasoning is the better, hence why Debian has iceweasel while virtually ever single other linux distro has Firefox.

    I didn't comment the rest of, because that's silly enough, so I'll comment only that one. The problem with Firefox vs Iceweasel is located at the Mozilla foundation, which refuses that someone uses the name Firefox (and it's logo) if patches are added. Other distributions might just ignore that fact, but Debian cares about licenses and trademarks. If you want this to change, then you are welcome to ask Mozilla to change its trademark policy.

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