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Re: X and other visions

From: Michael Banck
Subject: Re: X and other visions
Date: Sun, 13 Jun 2004 15:00:26 +0200
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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.

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.



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