Notification spec issue: Ability to assign an icon *and* an image to a notification

Aaron J. Seigo aseigo at
Thu Jun 25 13:39:25 PDT 2009

On Thursday 25 June 2009, Aurélien Gâteau wrote:
> Suppose you are using a library which provides a class named Foo. This
> library has been in use for 5 years, but you think the class really
> should have been named FooBar. Would you ask the library maintainers to
> break binary compatibility to get the class renamed?

this is not the same kind of situation, Aurélien, because this particular 
object (galago) uses a property (org.freedesktop) that we all share ownership 
of without having any legitimate claim to doing so.

in most projects, when a library called FooBar enters the scene, it's 
inclusion into the platform is approved through consensus in that project. 

if there is no agreement to its inclusion, including it as such is 
unacceptable. just because the offending party keeps up their offending ways 
for some years does not change that in the least, and those who join them take 
on the risk of being put in a bad situation.

so that is the part that went missing here. i actually completely disagree 
that galago has any claim to _any_ org.freedesktop name at this point. i 
implemented support for it because it has become widely used; that is a 
willing compromise that i have made out of a pragmatic respect for our users.

now, i am willing to compromise _further_ and say "ok, galago has an 
org.freedesktop service name and that name is Notifications"; in return i want 
guarantees and commitment to process that this is not allowed to happen in the 

(have i said this enough times in this thread yet? i hope everyone's getting 
it by now. if not, let me know and i'll happily repeat it ;)

Aaron J. Seigo
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