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drago01 drago01 at gmail.com
Sat Dec 3 09:13:49 UTC 2011

On Sat, Dec 3, 2011 at 1:37 AM, Toshio Kuratomi <a.badger at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 02, 2011 at 09:39:31PM +0100, Giovanni Campagna wrote:
>> packagedb seems an interesting project, for storing ratings and reviews,
>> and it could be a candidate to replace the Ubuntu backend. Is there some
>> documentation somewhere? Does it provide some webservice API (REST,
>> JSON, SOAP, anything)
> It does.  Many of the URLs that you can use to view information in a web
> browser will return the equivalent information as JSON data.  Not all of the
> URLs are fast enough for what you may want to do with them now, though -- we
> may want to craft some custom methods that give you the information you need
> faster or in bulk.  Another option for some of the things is to have users
> enter it into the packagedb but to export it via the repodata.  This was
> done for the tag information for instance.  From reading one of Richard's
> review request bugs, it looks like people wished to do the same thing with
> icons but there were possible legal problems with that approach (the legal
> problem seemed to cover distributing the icons in either the repodata or
> a package :-( ) so you'd probably need to pioneer a different approach here.

I don't buy the legal problem. If we can ship the icons in the
distribution split into multiple packages we can ship them aggregated
into one as well.
You can't "link" icons so the license of the icons should and cannot
prevent others from being in the same package / tarball / whatever.

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