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Old 06-02-2011, 05:15 AM
Christopher Head
 
Default Virtual default changes for old users, was: Heads up: libjpeg-turbo stabilization, becoming the default

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On Sun, 27 Mar 2011 11:33:03 +0300
Samuli Suominen <ssuominen@gentoo.org> wrote:

> libjpeg-turbo stabilization is happening for amd64/x86 at
> http://bugs.gentoo.org/360715
>
> - the gentoo-x86 has been converted to virtual/jpeg to support this.
> - we have no bugs reported against the package.
> - libjpeg-turbo is default in virtual/jpeg
>
> so just heads up.
>

Hi everyone,

Just a user, not a developer, but:

The third point of this message made me wonder about something. New
installs will get libjpeg-turbo, as it's the default. Old users may
never know it exists! It seems that making lbjpeg-turbo the default
implementation of virtual/jpeg is expressing some small preference in
favour of it, but old users will never be presented with the choice to
switch. It seems like this is a bit of a gap in package management,
that even if a "better" package becomes available and becomes the
default implementation of a virtual, existing users will keep using the
"worse" package for no other reason than that it's already installed
(and there's no message anywhere even telling them that the change
happened).

Does anyone think this is suboptimal and that it might be nice to
investigate alternatives?

Chris
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