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Re: X and other visions

From: Sören Schulze
Subject: Re: X and other visions
Date: Sun, 13 Jun 2004 15:56:25 +0200 (MEST)

Michael Banck wrote:
> On Sun, Jun 13, 2004 at 01:51:07PM +0200, "Sören Schulze" wrote:
> > GNU/Linux:
> [...]
> > Example:
> > Every Desktop Environment has its own handling of virtual file systems  
> > (which will become redundant in the Hurd) and URL openings (would be  
> > done by something like httpfs in the Hurd).
> > Though these are not even things that are DE-specific. They would be  
> > also useful for other software - even text-based.
> Note that Desktop Environments such as GNOME are not Linux specific.
> GNOME runs (and is well supported by Sun) on Solaris, for example. Of
> course, GNU/Hurd might have a better implementation of virtual file
> systems as Linux, but nevertheless you need a platform-independant
> fallback if you're running on something else than GNU.

Yeah, I know.
I only suppose they developed it mainly using GNU/Linux.
> I don't know whether it's possible for text-based software to use
> libgnomevfs, but it only depends on libbonobo and not the core GNOME
> libraries so I don't see why it should be impossible.

It's probably possible, but you'll have to link against MBs of libraries.
And linking against libbonobo is only useful for a GNOME program.

It would be better if libgnomevfs didn't depend on any library but libc or
similar stuff.


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