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[Gcl-devel] Re: Garnet?

From: Thomas F. Burdick
Subject: [Gcl-devel] Re: Garnet?
Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2002 16:54:08 -0800

C Y address@hidden wrote:
> --- Camm Maguire <address@hidden> wrote:
> > Greetings!  Well, I've never heard of it before.  I looked it up,
> > and it seems interesting, but is no longer supported by its
> > authors.  There may be one volunteer working on it.  Why would you
> > want to use this instead of Tcl/Tk?  Would you like to volunteer
> > to try and build it?  If it is useful to you and others and is not
> > too much work, we'll try to make sure it works under gcl.  It
> > would seem though as if it is relatively unused.
> The advantages this has over TCL/TK are that it is apparently
> implimented in lisp itself, if I understand what it is correctly.  I
> found it when I was investigating options for a Maxima gui.  It looks
> to be too much work to be worthwhile, particularly since it doesn't
> currently run on Windows.  I was curious if anyone here knew more about
> it, but I concur it appears mostly dead.  I doubt I'll be able to try
> building it anytime soon.

I wouldn't call Garnet dead.  CMU isn't developing it anymore, but
it's a pretty complete product (does anyone complain that Motif is
stagnant?).  There is still a user base (I'm one of it).  There's just
not much to do to it besides fight bit-rot, though.  Once its
Motif-like look-and-feel starts looking old, it'll need to be updated
to whatever the new modern look is.  But really, I think "stable" is a
better way to characterize it than "dead".  And a Windows port would
be great :)

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