Olivier Galibert galibert at
Wed Apr 8 15:21:41 PDT 2009

On Thu, Apr 09, 2009 at 12:20:04AM +0200, Olivier Galibert wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 08, 2009 at 11:47:28PM +0200, Nicolas Mailhot wrote:
> > I don't think anyone here can promise you any given piece of software
> > will last 15 years, but given GTK and Firefox use Cairo (gecko not
> > widget-side only), is being converted to use it, and
> > they're all massive codebases with huge install bases, I'd say the
> > chances of cairo not being deployed on a current system, or going away
> > in the next 5 years, are pretty slight.
> While it seems highly probably that something called cairo will still
> exist in 5 years, whether it will be in any way compatible with
> current's cairo seems on the other hand highly improbable.  Outside of
> the kernel compatibility seems to be considered unimportant nowadays.
> Add to that explicit measures against shared libraries and you end up
> with a very short lifetime for both source and binaries.

That "shared" was supposed to be "static", obviously.


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