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Re: GNUstep roadmap (was Re: [Suggestion] GNUstep-test for quality contr

From: Philip Mötteli
Subject: Re: GNUstep roadmap (was Re: [Suggestion] GNUstep-test for quality control)
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2003 09:21:01 +0200

Am Mittwoch, 22.10.03, um 08:51 Uhr (Europe/Zurich) schrieb Chad Hardin:
Yes, but it's also a catch-22 situation. Less people are going to be interested in improving GNUstep if there is no user base.

With users, you mean non-developpers? I consider myself a user too. I'm using the libraries.

If there is no user base, what is the point in improving GNUstep?

So you mean people, who use programs written using Gnustep? Of course, if nobody is using those programs why write them. And then of course, why should there be any Gnustep at all. But when somebody writes a program, using Gnustep, I think he intends having a user base for it. Otherwise, he wouldn't write it. Not in KDE, nor using any other library.

Plus, users are not going to accept running ported OS X apps in KDE or GNOME. The interfaces differ way too much....

You're right, usually not (except, if he already put KDE in the Mac like mode). But I think this is not the huge problem, for two reasons: 1. Do you remember the times, when you could create in NeXTs InterfaceBuilder two different nibs? One for Windows and one for NeXT? IB took care of most of the GUI differences for those two platforms. Why don't use the same strategy for KDE and MOSX? It's anyway mostly only the menues.
2. Many programs do not use AppKit. E. g. servers and Web-programs.

I think there is room to work on everything at the same time.

I can't force people anyway. I know, that people either work with Gnustep for the fun of it and then, they want to do something they like, which is unfortunately apparently not a KDevelop-plugin or they work with it for their job and then they will only implement, what is needed for the task at hand.

I also think there is going to be much more interest in GNUstep in 2004.....

You have me wondering… What are you thinking of?


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