I'm very much looking forward to see bitcoin in the official debian repo.
So far, I think it's difficult because of an incompatible version of wxwidget or something.
But do we really need any GUI application at all, anyway ? Isn't the headless client far enough ?
Personnaly I use the console very often, and most of time if I want to check my bitcoin account, I just run "watch bitcoind getinfo" in a gnu screen window.
Anyway, the following mail from a debian developper let me think I'm not the only one who wonder whether we need X at all for this app.
: From: Philip Hands <firstname.lastname@example.org
: To: Jonas Smedegaard <email@example.com
: Subject: Re: Bug#578157: ITP: bitcoin -- peer-to-peer network based anonymous digital currency
: Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2010 16:52:21 +0100
: [Message part 1 (text/plain, inline)]
: On Sat, 17 Apr 2010 14:41:11 +0200, Jonas Smedegaard <firstname.lastname@example.org
: > Bitcoin is a free open source peer-to-peer electronic cash system that
: > is completely decentralized, without the need for a central server or
: > trusted parties. Users hold the crypto keys to their own money and
: > transact directly with each other, with the help of a P2P network to
: > check for double-spending.
: Hi Jonas,
: I have a suggestion while you're waiting for developments in WxWidget
: packaging. How about packaging the command-line bits of bitcoin (as
: bitcoin-cli or bitcoin-headless, say)?
: I'd imagine that quite a lot of Debian users would end up running the
: cli stuff anyway (since having coin generation ticking away on some
: server seems like a fairly likely scenario, and seems likely to be good
: for the P2P network)
: Then, once the WxWidget stuff becomes available, that can be generated
: as another package, possibly depending on the cli one.
: Cheers, Phil.
I want to add that a programm that is supposed to run on background (for coin generation), is not very convenient if it must have its own X window.
Clearly a daemon-like program should be a command-line programm, shouldn't it ?