otaylor at redhat.com
Fri Aug 6 00:42:35 EEST 2004
On Thu, 2004-08-05 at 14:30, George Kraft wrote:
> I'm an old X11R5/Motif programmer, so I wanted to see what a typical
> gnome application linked to. I built "gnome-hello" then ran
> lsbdepgraph.py to graphically see the dependencies.
> Is the dependency bloat a good think or a bad thing? :-) How does this
> impact/influence freedesktop.org in trying to define a core desktop?
> Where should the specification team start (ie., a non-gnome gtk
> application [libglib, libgtk])?
The thing you have to realize is that many of these libraries are
*not* platform libraries but rather internal dependencies of other
libraries. libcrypto or libaudiofile would be a good example of this.
Other libraries are part of the GNOME platform but not things
we would necessarily recommend a 3rd party ISV use.
The recommendation I made to Stuart at GUADEC about what the
initial target for standardization beyond Xlib for GNOME
applications should be was the GTK+ stack:
GTK+ (libgtk, libgdk, libgdk-pixbuf)
Pango (libpango, libpangoft2, maybe libpangoxft)
Glib (libglib, libgobject, libgmodule, libgthread)
(Excluding deprecated or marked-unstable functionality). Possible
other additions, in what I would consider priority order:
But the GTK+ stack by itself is a substantial chunk of API and
it may not be worth looking too far beyond that initially.
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