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RE: The Path of GNUstep (Was: Re: Gnustep + mac + windows? Possib le?)


From: Mondragon, Ian
Subject: RE: The Path of GNUstep (Was: Re: Gnustep + mac + windows? Possib le?)
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 11:56:27 -0500

i'm sure i'll get caught in the hellish blaze that is likely to ensue, but i
have to agree with tim on this one.  yes, cross-platform apps/tools/etc. are
nice & nifty, but how many people are concerned about getting GNUstep apps
running on Windows compared to, say, the number of people requesting some
sort of nifty theme mechanism?

- ian

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tim Harrison [SMTP:address@hidden
> Sent: Monday, September 23, 2002 11:48 AM
> To:   address@hidden
> Subject:      Re: The Path of GNUstep (Was: Re: Gnustep + mac + windows?
> Possible?)
> 
> Jason Clouse wrote:
> 
>   > evangelizing and publicity are needed.  But I think that
> cross-platform
>   > portability would be a great draw.  Especially if deployment on other
>   > Unices AND Windows were solid AND easy.
> 
> Okay, I know I'm going to get absolutely blasted for this one, but...
> 
> I really don't think that the GNUstep project should be spending time
> developing anything for Windows at this point.
> 
> First off, Windows is not an open platform, and after the debacle
> regarding the VMWare licencing, and the subsequent statements made about
> using applications that are not open source/free software to benefit
> free software/open source projects, it feels a little... err... dirty.
> 
> Also, with the focus split between the Unix and Windows platform, the
> resources are also split.  As we all know, there's still much to be done
> in GNUstep, and if everyone focused on one platform, there could be that
>     much more progress.
> 
> As a traditional situation, sure, it's nice to see GNUstep running on
> the platforms that OpenStep was designed for, but the original OpenStep
> specification was done by commercial entities with the resources to
> implement on multiple platforms.  Right now, GNUstep seems to have
> problems just compiling and running on OpenBSD and NetBSD.  Shouldn't
> there be more focus on those systems, rather than Windows?
> 
> As I say, I'm sure I'm going to get completely blasted for this one, so
> I'm preparing now, but I figured if I didn't say something, it would
> just gnaw away at me. :)
> 
> 
> -- 
> 
> Tim Harrison
> address@hidden
> http://www.linuxstep.org/
> 
> 
> 
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