During the last few days lot’s of different opinions were around our community. Some users don’t care about the removal but others start flamming and they want to keep xmms on the tree.
After i go to vacations the sound team (including me) agreed it’s the right time to remove it from the tree because i’m not willing to maintain it anymore. The main reason is that xmms have a dead upstream and we did lot’s of work to keep it sane (you can check our work here).
Now i encourage anyone to merge xmms to an overlay (sunrise might be a good option to be maintained by the community).
Another thing i have to say is that xmms2 isn’t a replacement for the old xmms. It’s a new media player that only shares the name and the developers team.
A few other distribuitons don’t install xmms by default too. They keep xmms on other repositories far from the main tree with the same reason we have.
Lot’s of users complain about the way we did this decision but a few months back we discuss it on gentoo-dev mailing list and we all agreed that it must be removed. So this wasn’t a decision we took last week or in the last days.
Now i encourage every user to test new alternatives, report bugs and claim new features to other media players available on the tree so we all can forget xmms from once and for all. Look there’s lot’s of nice players on the tree. Personaly i use Banshee and Muine this applications rock my desktop. Remember all OSS community shouldn’t be tied to the past we should “inovate” and we should “like to inovate”.
So now i hope everyone calm down we aren’t going to remove KDE or Gnome tomorrow or your favorit piece of software without any good reason. We are opensource lovers too and we do the best we can to love it and inovated it.