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Re: Longhorn Killer

From: Nicolas Roard
Subject: Re: Longhorn Killer
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2004 19:14:13 +0000

Le 22 mars 04, à 18:40, Helge Hess a écrit :

Indeed OGo includes something like that (project document database), it uses a combination of NSFileManager and EODataSource as the Objective-C API, so this would be possible for GNUstep. But of course using a database has quite some overhead in case you want to do just regular filesystem stuff. Eg the gain of being able to sort the whole harddisk on filetype "gif" in milliseconds certainly isn't worth the loss of performance due to the increased management overhead on any regular operation.

Yes... I think it could be interesting to use in GNUstep some DB-like functionalities from filesystem like ReiserFS. It doesn't mean to redo everythin in fact; for the desktop applications, a change on NSFileManager and on the open/save panel would be enough I guess. But, well, that's imho not really an important point right now. What we miss for the moment are still applications and momentum, possibly LinuxSTEP or equivalent initiatives; we don't need to focus on DB-like system yet. With future filesystems which will provides us an easy way of looking at thing in a db-way, with metadatas, we'll be able to do nice and interesting things. But that's the future, and it's not really linked to GNUstep anyway, more to linux in general.

In contrary, when Longhorn is due, it will again be an *excellent* time to migrate users to other systems, because people will be told to buy upgrades. This worked very well to the advantage of Linux in the past.

Excellent point :-)

Its all about going beyond unix.

IMHO one of the strong points of NeXTstep was that it is not going beyond Unix but integrating it. And the same is true (to a lesser extend, Finder argh) for MacOSX.

I agree ... what was good in NeXTSTEP, is that the Unix part was not just "hidden", but more integrated. The workspace with its NSBrowser is a good example; with current OS (unix..) you have quite often deep paths/directories; NSBrowser is really good for browsing that. Compare to the window's explorer, which is still, conceptually, tied to the DOS world where you had not as much files/directories as you have now..

Nicolas Roard

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