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 A new screenshot strategy.

Created 7 years ago, edited 7 years ago.
Status changed 6 years ago
Author:

dagon
Status:
Under dev. review
  Score:
 1
18 votes
Idea:

Instead of making a separate effort to collect screenshots here, because that hasn't worked particularly well so far (only some ~2% of the packages), I think a better strategy is this:

1. Make the mint collection of screenshots default but when no picture is present...

2. Grab screenshot from http://screenshots.debian.net/
Which has a much bigger collection.

That should be a simple fix in the Software Manager code.

I think it's unfortunate to spread out efforts on different sites.
Personally I've stopped uploading my screenshots to this site since they aren't to my knowledge used by the rest of the linux community whereas screenshots.debian.net are used by both debian and ubuntu and probably a lot of other distros.

(edit! I don't mean to be provocative, but sure understand if someone gets annoyed by this. I still encourage people to post pictures here. I only happen to do so many of them that it became unpractical to post on two locations.)

Comments:

7 years ago

trollboy
Forwarding for consideration

New -> Considered
 
7 years ago

dagon
today: 2011-11-28

http://screenshots.debian.net/about
3198 packages with screenshots (+68)

http://community.linuxmint.com/software/browse
573 packages with screenshots (+4)
 
7 years ago

dagon
today: 2011-10-26

http://screenshots.debian.net/about
3130 packages with screenshots (+130)

http://community.linuxmint.com/software/browse
569 packages with screenshots (+8)
 
7 years ago

dagon
@blueXrider
today: 2011-08-26

http://screenshots.debian.net/about
3000 packages with screenshots

http://community.linuxmint.com/software/browse
561 packages with screenshots


Algorithm is as follows:

if there is a linuxmint screenshot
then by golly, print it on the screen!
exit
elif Is there a debian screenshot?
show it!
exit
else
show "no screenshot available" message.
 
7 years ago

dagon
Yes, I know it's a job. I actually did hundreds of them. But the point is it's better to focus the energy on one place than working on parallel solutions. This way you get some five times the number of screenshots in an instant. It is because it's a big undertaking you need to think of strategies like the one I'm proposing here.
This idea basically is for mintinstall users in the first place. If you use synaptic your allready there. As an example I made the "fotowall" screenshot. Cute puppies and all. If you use synaptic you will find it by clicking "Get Screenshot". In mintinstall you will get the "No screenshot available" sign.
There are a lot of distros. If all opt for their own screenshot strategy then you will end up just doing a lot of the same work over and over again. I don't want to do screenshots that are done allready.
 
7 years ago

blueXrider
It's a job.
Currently the packages number 31268 and the screenshots at http://screenshots.debian.net/ number 3760.

A big gap to fill don't ya think.
 

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