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

Ikke eikke at
Thu Jan 13 19:01:18 EET 2005

On Thu, 2005-01-13 at 16:51 +0000, Mike Hearn wrote:
> 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
Simply, because DAL would use DBUS :-) DBUS is just a way to handle
messages, DAL would gives these messages a meaning (SP?).

At the moment my thoughts about how to implement something like this are
changing quite a bit, after J5's comments, I'll write some more on it

Greetings, Ikke

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