Thomas Dickey dickey at
Thu Apr 9 03:06:38 PDT 2009

On Thu, 9 Apr 2009, Daniel Stone wrote:

> On Wed, Apr 08, 2009 at 05:52:12PM -0400, Thomas Dickey wrote:
>> On Wed, Apr 08, 2009 at 05:34:48PM -0400, Behdad Esfahbod wrote:
>>> On 04/08/2009 05:24 PM, Thomas Dickey wrote:
>>>>>> If only the latest release is "API-stable", by definition it's not
>>>>>> stable.
>>> This cannot be deduced from that line.  You need to review your math.
>> Behdad's comment doesn't make sense in English.
>> (Perhaps someone can help Behdad with that - or else explain to him
>> what "API-stable" might mean).
> Get off your native-speaker high horse.  I understood what he meant
> completely.

What you should have said, if you chose to be accurate, is that you
have inferred a meaning from the statement which more or less corresponds
to Behdad's rant.

By the way - would you like to help Behdad explain what he means by 
"API-stable", and how it relates to "review your math"?


> Here are the first two sentences:
> Please download one of the latest releases in order to get an API-stable
> version of cairo. You'll need both the cairo and pixman packages.
> See In-Progress Development (below) for details on getting and building
> the latest pre-release source code if that's what you're looking for.
> Now to me, that reads as a choice between API-stable or misc.
> Anyway, maybe you could manage to decipher the cryptic tomes of
> and work out the correct mailing
> list to troll about Cairo? Hint: Not this one.

Actually I was interested in the assertion made on this thread that
cairo's API would be guaranteed to be compatible for the next 15 years.
That's topical here.

Thomas E. Dickey

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