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Re: [Suggestion] GNUstep-test for quality control

From: Philippe C.D. Robert
Subject: Re: [Suggestion] GNUstep-test for quality control
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2003 13:13:25 +0200
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Dennis Leeuw wrote:
Hi Stefan,

An important note: the Users of GNUstep are developers. GNUstep is a development environment. That's the problem.

IMHO the real problem is that GNUstep is only promoted as development environment. I never understood the reasoning behind this strategy, but so it is. Personally I doubt that there are many developers out there who are interested in writing code for an API which is not part of an entire desktop solution and/or does not fit nicely into existing environments (in these days).

Let me give an example, many ex OpenStep developers and maybe even Cocoa developers were(are?) interested in porting their stuff to GNUstep (mostly running under X11) assuming it would be some sort of an OPENSTEP or Mac OS X replacement. Something which makes them independent from NeXT or Apple, something which gives them a real alternative. But what they actually find is a set of libraries which allows them to port their apps, but which does not (and IMHO cannot really) integrate into the environment of choice (GNOME, KDE, CDE ... ) - be it because of different philosophies (GUI) or implementation "details" (eg. copy and paste and so on). As a result only a few really spend time working with GNUstep because GNUstep as such is not the alternative most of them are looking for. At least this is my experience...

To make it short I believe that GNUstep would be far more successful if it was "only" a X11 based desktop solution than a crossplattform API which has to integrate into other desktops. But this discussion is an old one and off topic anyway, I guess. So excuse me for writing this, but I just had to ... :-)

Philippe C.D. Robert

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