Proposal and RFC: Introducing DAL, the "Desktop Abstraction Layer"

Mike Hearn mike at
Thu Jan 13 18:51:04 EET 2005

On Thu, 13 Jan 2005 11:38:24 +0100, Ikke wrote:
> Last days I've been thinking of desktop integration on the Linux/...
> desktop. Not limited to Gnome OR KDE OR whatever more, but
> desktop-neutral application integration.

It's great that you're thinking about this stuff. However I don't see
exactly how this is any different to just using standard DBUS interfaces
and signals.

Actually getting apps to work together requires agreements and specs, no
matter how you dress it up. That is something you can't get away from. So
whether it's a DBUS interface or a DAL interface doesn't seem to make much
difference. Meanwhile DBUS has some traction and DAL is just an idea.

So ... I'm not sure what it gets us. I'm a sceptic - tell me why I'm
wrong ;)

thanks -mike

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