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An "enum" for Python 3
An unexpected perf feature
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A look at the PyPy 2.0 release
I'd always just assumed that it took them that long to overcome the Series 60 powerbase. Including Maemo, Nokia were developing at least three mobile platforms simultaneously.
Bergius: The Dreams of the MeeGo Diaspora
Posted Jul 10, 2012 18:02 UTC (Tue) by Kluge (guest, #2881)
Posted Jul 10, 2012 19:31 UTC (Tue) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
The whole cross-platform thing was a complete red herring and could not possibly make up for the loss of productivity. Even if GTK is non-portable, which it isn't, there is vastly more productive ways to solving that problem.
Another problem is that the toolkit is mostly irrelevant. GTK has warts, but so does everything else. No matter what you choose you are going to have to work with it and modify it to fit your system.
Application developers care about things like documentation and developer tools. As long as the APIs are not completely stupid they will tolerate it the same way that a guy driving a pickup tolerates the fact that he is driving a truck with white cab and automatic when he wants to have one with a white cab and manual transmission.
Customers care about applications and UI.
Changing the architecture over and over again served no purpose but to waste resources and time is a core reason why Meamo/Meego/etc failed miserably.
Posted Jul 10, 2012 19:37 UTC (Tue) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
Eww. bad double negative. 'even if gtk is non-portable, which it is portable,' was the intended meaning.
Posted Jul 11, 2012 16:53 UTC (Wed) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523)
However, the way they did this move is certainly suboptimal. They could have gradually phased in QT instead of throwing away everything (including DEB->RPM move).
No user value
Posted Jul 15, 2012 14:26 UTC (Sun) by man_ls (subscriber, #15091)
Posted Jul 15, 2012 14:36 UTC (Sun) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523)
Microsoft understands this ("Developers, developers, developers, developers!") and provides nice tools for their platform.
Devs without users are no good
Posted Jul 15, 2012 14:43 UTC (Sun) by man_ls (subscriber, #15091)
Posted Jul 15, 2012 15:02 UTC (Sun) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523)
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