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Re: [GSoC] Make WebKit run on top of GNUstep

From: Daniel Ferreira (theiostream)
Subject: Re: [GSoC] Make WebKit run on top of GNUstep
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 20:27:20 -0300

On Sun, Apr 2, 2017 at 11:57 AM, Ivan Vučica <ivan@vucica.net> wrote:
> @Daniel:
> I left a few comments on the proposal. It generally looks reasonable.

Thanks for the comments! Some answers to some of them:

1. About allowing for a smooth transition between the eventual
GNOME/whatever graphics library and GNUstep's QuartzCore when it
achieves enough maturity, I added an additional explanation with the
only approach I can think of toward this goal – keep the GNUstep
port's architecture as close to that of the current Mac port, so that
in the future the original Mac-specific code can just be readded and
then work with GNUstep (as it should).

2. I'll try to contact the WebKit people early.

3. I'll address this below, and remove the "I do not know..." part
from the proposal, since I believe we can actually reach some
conclusion here.

4. I think the text already implied that I would CC my mentor in a
WebKit-related discussion, but I tried to make it clearer.

> I think we can work with the goal of 'get something up and running' and 'have
> a good idea of what needs to be done to get WebCore ported'.

Although it's hard to come up with something better, I don't like
either – the former is too vague (what is "something"?) and the
latter, if set as the project's *FINAL* goal, presupposes little would
actually get done.

But these proposals might be interesting to consider if not for the
final evaluations, for the mid-term ones: the first is on June 30, the
other on July 28. For the first one, we could work with the concrete
goal of "compiling WebCore and solving linking issues with
Base/CoreBase"; for the second one, we could go with something more
abstract like "document in great detail what challenges lay ahead for
successfully porting WebCore" (a derivation of your "get a good idea"
formulation). This would be an actual contribution to the effort, and
would set a more detailed roadmap for the last month of work on GSoC.
I am just unsure whether it would be allowed/decent to only know the
final evaluation's goal well into the project's coding period.

-- Daniel.

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