I must have missed a memo, because Hardy was released over four months ago and in that time I never noticed that XMMS was no longer part of the repositories.
I’m not sure I’m completely comfortable with that decision. For those of us who don’t like whiz-bang management suites, or client-server arrangements, or derivatives of the almighty XMMS, that’s a poor direction to head.
Now I’ll admit to preferring Audacious over XMMS, by virtue of the latter’s erstwhile dependence on GTK1.2 for options and menus. On any other day of the week, GTK1.2 is a horrid way to do business.
But yanking it outright is like … like … like. … I don’t know. It’s like throwing out the first computer you ever bought. Or firing the employee who founded the business. Or taking the family dog to the vet to be put to sleep. Yes, it’s ugly and smells bad on humid days. But there are some of us who love it, and others of us who tolerate it when we have to. You just … you just can’t!
Sigh. I guess Ubuntu isn’t the only distro to omit XMMS though. Gentoo, Slackware and Debian unstable don’t. Arch has a package in community, but Crux keeps it in contrib. If others have left it out, I guess I wouldn’t be surprised.
Oh well. My lowly, feeble voice whining into the Internets is obviously not going to change the tide. And I’m not a big enough fan to make a huge deal out of this.
But here is a solution, if you’re like me and you suddenly discover that the music utility helped you move from Windows (and Winamp) to Linux (and XMMS) has been discarded like an old comic book:
But please, before we go running off to make more hasty decisions, let’s at least consider the consequences of our actions in the future. Better yet, before anything is added or removed from future versions of Ubuntu, ask me first.