Introduction and toolkit abstraction

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Wed Sep 15 02:15:05 EEST 2004

On Tue, 2004-09-14 at 22:38, Sean Middleditch wrote:

> You'd need either a common VFS layer (which wouldn't be a bad idea at
> all, and would have a hell of a lot more real world use than a couple
> dialogs that would just feel alien in the application anyhow), or make
> the dialogs support a least common denominator - which isn't much.

I agree with that. I think the right direction is to...

1) hollow out KDE and GNOME to use as many common libraries as possible
in the backend. (desktop and toolkit configuration, filechooser
configuration, bookmarks, vfs, system configuration,...). Maybe this
means that KDE has to be compiled with some basic GNOME libraries
(glib,...), but that's easier than the other way round (because of the
more liberal license GNOME uses, and C++ beeing on top of C).

2) frontend: try to make filechoosers, filemanagers, wizards look and
feel similar. (standardize buttons, menues,...)

Just my superficial view as a linux user - I'm not a desktop expert...


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