[daniel at freedesktop.org: Timeline, and slippage]
daniel at freedesktop.org
Sat Jul 31 03:42:58 EEST 2004
On Fri, Jul 30, 2004 at 03:25:48PM -0400, Owen Taylor wrote:
> To clarify, the "standarization process" referred to here is a proposal
> to have "specifications releases" every 6 months to force
> us to actually finish and publish the specifications that are
> done (XDG basedir specification, desktop file specification,
> startup notification, and so forth.)
> While it was initially proposed that specifications would be part of the
> platform release, I think this is a bad idea for a number of reasons:
> - A specification is about multiple applications inter-operating;
> so the criteria for compatibility and being "done" are very different
> than for a library.
> - The end-product is different - the platform release produces a set
> of tarballs, the specification release produces a list of
> - The platform release is going to be enough work without throwing
> in a bunch of unrelated tasks that don't *have* to be part of the
> platform release.
> So I don't see any duplication, much less massive duplication between
> the specification and platform releases. They will be coordinated
> as appropriate, they don't need to be the same.
Personally, I'm torn.
One proposal is that they are all part of the platform, but the platform
is split in two: libraries, and specifications. Distributors who want to
be platform-compliant must ship all the libraries in sufficient version,
and software must comply to all the standards relevant to it in order
for the product to be platform-compliant.
Another proposal is that you just combine it all.
The other proposal is that you split the lot in two, and have
Obviously, I put the split platform first for a reason: I like it the
Daniel Stone <daniel at freedesktop.org>
freedesktop.org: powering your desktop http://www.freedesktop.org
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