[Portland] Portland Technology Preview available for download

Bastian, Waldo waldo.bastian at intel.com
Wed Apr 5 05:39:45 EEST 2006

The joined OSDL/freedesktop.org Portland initiative that was started at
the OSDL Desktop Architects Meeting last december has now a Technology
Preview available of the set of common programming interfaces that help
Linux desktop applications integrate with the desktop of the user's
choice. Portland is build up around two set of programming interfaces,
the first set is based on command line tools (xdg-utils) that
applications can invoke at runtime or that can be called from scripts at
installation time. The second set is based around one or more libraries
(DAPI) that applications can link to and which communicate with the
desktop environment that the user is running to make desktop services
available to the application.

More information and downloadable tarballs can be found on the Portland
website at http://portland.freedesktop.org/ . In particular the Portland
project is interested to hear feedback from ISVs and OSVs on specific
functionality that they would like to see covered by either xdg-utils or
DAPI, as well as their view on some of the design considerations for
DAPI as outlined on http://portland.freedesktop.org/OpenQuestions

Waldo Bastian
Linux Client Architect - Channel Platform Solutions Group
Intel Corporation - http://www.intel.com/go/linux
OSDL DTL Tech Board Chairman

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