As I have mentioned several times in IRC, I have a new proposal. The details
[ PROPOSAL ]
[ WHAT WE NEED TO DO ]
1. Set up a MediaWiki for documenting about packages
2. Set up multiple languages (like en.wikipedia.org and ja.wikipedia.org)
3. May be linked from our package database website
[ PURPOSE ]
1. Users can write how to use the package
2. Multiple languages can be supported, and they are lined to one another
[ CONS ]
1. Most packages may stay without any text
2. Some packages may be flooded with complaints and lengthy error messages.
[ DETAILS ]
Many users write about Fink packages in their blogs, wiki or other forms.
You know Amazon's or AppStore's Review, so you know these information will
be more useful when they are gathered in one place. For example, I installed
Arora-mac, but I couldn't find the binary until I did `dpkg -c
/path/to/arora-mac*.deb'. But imagine the users who don't know dpkg.
Generally speaking, Unix users are exposed to "RTFM" comments, but many Mac
users are not. Users can also upload screenschots and etc to show how to use
The detailed descriptions will be available in other languages, which is
good for the users who are not comfortable with reading lots of English
texts. Another reason is that some information is useful only for certain
languages. Many tools still have problems with handling multibyte encodings.
For example, the current version of unison, a file synchronization tool, has
problems with synchronization between UTF-8-MAC and UTF-8 (the upstrea's
developer version now has an option to handle this).
As far as I understand from Wikipedia, MediaWiki is very flexible and can do
many things, such as redirecting postgresql* to postgresql.
The information may not cover only the information of Fink packages, but
also of other distribution system, or even on other platforms.
I think this service will help both beginner users and experienced users
find Fink easy to use.