JobViewServer specification proposal

Vlad vladc6 at
Tue Apr 1 14:38:31 PDT 2008


--- Rafael Fernández López <ereslibre at> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I would like to start to work on a specification proposal for
> Freedesktop that 
> we have named JobViewServer/JobView.
> The goal of this specification is being able of implementing this
> idea 
> Regarding this issue there are currently two main applications on
> Gnome and 
> KDE (I don't know if exists something similar on other desktops),
> called 
> Mathusalem [1] and kuiserver [2] respectively.

Don't forget KGet ;)

I think it would be great if kuiserver can take on all the features of
KGet, or alternatively if KGet can be modified so that it uses this
new DBus interface you are proposing. In the latter scenario, which
might be better given the large amount of work that has been going
into KGet recently, there would be no more need for a separate
kuiserver GUI.

Either way, having both KGet and a kuiserver GUI in KDE seems a little

> Long time ago I talked with the mathusalem developer, and I was very
> interested in sharing the same D-Bus interface so we could do very 
> interesting things, but from what I recalled he wanted to rewrite 
> Mathusalem's interface.
> Afterwards Kevin Ottens proposed to rework our kuiserver API, making
> it 
> simpler and cross-desktop. Of course, I accepted and implemented it
> on KDE. 
> Our decision of first designing the specification and later
> implementing it 
> was just for testing it in the practice, and find out that it worked
> just 
> fine.
> Now we have the implementation finished and I wonder if some of you
> want to 
> help out with the review and suggesting ideas. We would like this 
> specification or similar to become a cross-desktop standard.
> Benefits:
> 1) One could select to see I/O or other consuming time operations in
> a single 
> or multiple windows.
> 2) What is really amazing: One could use Konqueror on Gnome desktop,
> for 
> example, and when going to download a file, the progress dialog of
> Gnome 
> would show up [if multiple windows enabled, for instance], instead
> of the KDE 
> (kio) one.
> This opens a door for cross-desktop being a reality, and I really
> think we 
> shouldn't miss such an oportunity.
> Since this is an introduction and not an spec proposal at the
> moment, I would 
> like to know what do you think.
> If everything goes fine, and this seems to interest the rest of the
> desktops, 
> I can explain the spec, let's say for 04 April.
> [1]
> [2]
> Bye and thank you,
> Rafael Fernández López
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