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Re: Windows and GNUstep
Re: Windows and GNUstep
Fri, 8 Jul 2005 05:15:37 +0200
Am Donnerstag, 07.07.05 um 08:41 Uhr schrieb Philip Mötteli:
Am 07.07.2005 um 00:13 schrieb Wolfgang Sourdeau:
La plume légère, vers Tue, Jul 05, 2005 at 03:13:58PM -0400, heure
Adam Fedor écrivait en ces mots:
What can we do to make this happen? Could we buy someone a dedicated
Windows computer if they promised to work on the Windows port?
Perhaps pay a Windows programmer to help us?
IMO, getting GNUstep to work correctly on Windows is something
too. But it is probably not as important to fix now than to fix other
incompatibilities with Mac OSX. People who will use the Windows port
likely to be interested in it because of GNUstep's compatibility with
the OSX api (otherwise they'd probably just use GNUstep for
And although we're (slowly) getting there, I think there are too many
important little things to fix beforehand. And for that matter,
on one platform brings more benefits:
1) it avoids the disappointing that people could feel when trying
something that sometimes works and sometimes doesn't;
2) it let us focus on the inner problems rather than both the inner
problems and the cross-platform issues.
Besides, having enough stability in GNUstep will likely attract more
That's exactly the reason, why I do not agree with this opinion.
Having a Windows port, which allows most developers to port their
software to Windows, by just investing no more than 3% of their
software's cost, would attract so many developers, that this would
bring on GNUstep much quicker, than a perfect version of OpenStep
running only on Linux.
I mean, after all, we had that situation for years now: GNUstep works
well on Linux, but has not been interesting for most of the
developers. The big potential of OpenStep developers are Mac
developers and Mac developers don't targetLinux, they target Windows.
If we want those developers to help GNUstep, we have to change their
perception of GNUstep's Windows port.
By just concentrating our few tiny little forces to make just one
Linux port, but perfectly and complete, we will never arrive there,
because of too little manpower.
In my eyes, the manpower lies in GNUstep's Windows port. And the
manpower is, in my eyes, GNUstep's only problem.
True words, I could not have expressed this better.
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