Shutter removed from Debian & Ubuntu

This week, the popular screenshot app Shutter was removed from Debian Unstable & Ubuntu 18.10. (It had already been removed from Debian “Buster” 6 months ago and some of its “optional” dependencies had already been removed from Ubuntu 18.04 LTS).

Shutter will need to be ported to gtk3 before it can return to Debian. (Ideally, it would support Wayland desktops too but that’s not a blocker for inclusion in Debian.)

See the Debian bug for more discussion.

I am told that flameshot is a nice well-maintained screenshot app.

I believe Snap or Flatpak are great ways to make apps that use obsolete libraries available on modern distros that can no longer keep those libraries around. There isn’t a Snap or Flatpak version of Shutter yet, so hopefully someone interested in that will help create one.

Posted in Debian, GNOME, Linux, Ubuntu
4 comments on “Shutter removed from Debian & Ubuntu
  1. keturidu says:

    as a manjaro user i kinda don’t care, but other contenders to change this app doesn’t have needed functions, so they’re not an alternative.

  2. S. says:

    Flatpak sounds nice at first glance, but they seem to be sloppy when it comes to security updates, and the sandbox is not really sandboxing stuff either. See e.g. http://flatkill.org/ I guess Snap is not really different.

    I’d rather use software maintained and patched timley during the usual distribution channels than using the likes of Flatpak or Snap where security issues are not fixed within an acceptable time frame. If it’s not available in the distribution (e.g. Debian or Ubuntu) it might still be better not to use it at all than use a vulnerble Flatpak or Snap version of it. At least that’s how I see it. Security issues should be a top priority.

    • Jeremy Bicha says:

      I could do a whole blog post about flatkill but I don’t think I will. (It’s just a quick website made by a Redditor as a fancier way of ranting that managed to get more attention than it deserved.)

      Even a poorly sandboxed Flatpak app is more sandboxed than installing an app directly from a PPA or a website.

  3. Try scrot. I have a script I run to take ss every 5 sec in the background…it’s awesome.

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