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Already mentioned that XMMS, a gtk+1.x application should work fine in GNOME 3.
I think all distributions still have the GNOME 2 libraries. The only thing I am aware of that won't work is a gnome-panel applet. I doubt that the proprietary application is an applet.
In any case, please be more specific.
GNOME Shell to support a "classic" mode
Posted Nov 22, 2012 13:50 UTC (Thu) by Rehdon (guest, #45440)
Please leave out personal insults from this site.
Posted Nov 22, 2012 13:53 UTC (Thu) by ovitters (subscriber, #27950)
Posted Nov 22, 2012 14:07 UTC (Thu) by Rehdon (guest, #45440)
Also, your English is puzzling O.o
Posted Nov 22, 2012 14:21 UTC (Thu) by ovitters (subscriber, #27950)
Suggest to read again, just because I mentioned "stupid" doesn't mean it was about a person.
Posted Nov 22, 2012 14:47 UTC (Thu) by Rehdon (guest, #45440)
Posted Nov 22, 2012 14:54 UTC (Thu) by ovitters (subscriber, #27950)
In my view, you're mostly getting personal while ignoring any argument.
Posted Nov 22, 2012 15:06 UTC (Thu) by Rehdon (guest, #45440)
Hope you also make some progress on the hypo- quiz thingie.
And finally, I'm not "suggesting" your English is not good:
"What you quoted is and was not a personal insult." sounds like bad English to me.
"I know it are my words" is definitely bad English. Period.
Posted Nov 22, 2012 21:04 UTC (Thu) by ovitters (subscriber, #27950)
Complaining about someones English and all the other behaviour you've displayed here is pathetic while trying to complain about my behaviour. I've asked for details, instead you show this kind of behaviour.
Get lost, really.
Posted Nov 22, 2012 21:07 UTC (Thu) by ovitters (subscriber, #27950)
Posted Nov 22, 2012 22:17 UTC (Thu) by Rehdon (guest, #45440)
But of course that didn't happen: God forbid that you might admit being wrong! I guess you might be the kind of person who says "look where you're going!" when you bump into someone. No, I won't come pay a visit to you at FOSDEM: my attitude might be different indeed, but it's yours that it's at fault here.
I'm afraid the current problem with GNOME development it's not technical, and it's not political either: it's just that the wrong people are doing it. You're back at the starting point of the open source movement: you're scratching your personal itches, so to speak, only you're disguising that using words like "vision", "brand", and so on. The technical regressions in GNOME 3 are just a symptom of the psychological regression and detachment from the GNOME community by the current developers.
I almost felt sorry for you guys when reading the heavy trolling in this thread, but not anymore, you reap what you sow after all. I will be back to GNOME when you either grow up (in all senses), or a new generation of developers will take your place.
So long and thanks for GNOME 2.x (if you had any part in it).
Posted Nov 22, 2012 22:32 UTC (Thu) by ovitters (subscriber, #27950)
Where you complain that I personally insulted someone. It was not a personal insult, nor meant as one.
I don't care at all about "brand" and all the other stuff you're adding to this. Seems you're getting very emotional and personal for no good reason.
"No need for stupid sarcasm, thanks."
Was NOT intended as a personal insult. It also is NOT a personal insult. If you read it as such, I did NOT mean it that way.
In any case, you continuous behaviour (condescending, getting personal, and psyco analysis of me as well as other GNOME developers): Rich to complain about me taking the high ground.
Noticed you never replied the times I stated I did NOT an personal insult. Also, you seem to have ignored my request to go to FOSDEM.
Trying to be constructive here and understand, but even if I was wrong somewhere, you're not making things any clearer for me with this kind of conversation style.
This is going nowhere, so this is the last I'm going to say.
perhaps my opportunity to be flamed ...but
Posted Nov 25, 2012 9:12 UTC (Sun) by ds2horner (subscriber, #13438)
Posted Nov 26, 2012 10:11 UTC (Mon) by dgm (subscriber, #49227)
Posted Nov 22, 2012 18:49 UTC (Thu) by paulj (subscriber, #341)
Posted Nov 22, 2012 23:00 UTC (Thu) by ebassi (subscriber, #54855)
No, there are deprecated GNOME libraries that are no longer shipped and hard to build (at least via distro means), breaking apps.
seriously, if a distro ships an application without satisfying its dependencies, why are you complaining to GNOME and not to the distribution that is breaking its own packages? do you, perchance, think that GNOME is responsible for removing packages from distributions as well?
Posted Nov 23, 2012 7:18 UTC (Fri) by HelloWorld (guest, #56129)
seriously, if a distro ships an application without satisfying its dependencies,
Posted Nov 23, 2012 9:44 UTC (Fri) by ebassi (subscriber, #54855)
GNOME didn't do anything, except say that nobody is working on those libraries any more, except for eventual security issues; patches coming from distributions have been folded back, whenever applicable, and releases have been made.
if you want to maintain old libraries, you're absolutely encouraged to do so: just ask for a Git account, or push clone on github/gitorious if you want to, and ask distributions to switch over to your tarballs.
if that's not to your satisfaction then I'm sorry: you have a profound issue with the whole "free software" thing.
Posted Nov 23, 2012 10:03 UTC (Fri) by paulj (subscriber, #341)
So thanks for that.
Note that I was *not* assigning blame anywhere, and I was not ranting. I was merely stating a fact: a good application disappeared from a common distro because of churn in libraries, and that the old libraries are difficult to build on that distro, at least using the packaging facilities of that distro. If stating quite objective facts on LWN about free software is akin to questioning and having profound issues with the whole basis for free software, then perhaps we're all on a quite shaky foundation.
As I've written here before, my view is the problem is a business one. In particular, the fact that it's impossible to pay the major employer of Linux desktop developers for support on the software I'd like to run on my desktop (i.e. software that isn't 5+ years old on average, but not sub-6-month old either). Further, even if they would take my money for that, that still leaves a good number of developers I depend on not owing me anything. I'd have to get support contracts with each of them.
Re fixing your problems yourself, it's not always possible to learn a codebase and figure out how to fix it within the space of the hours to a day you can afford to spend on fixing some random software problem. But I'll give the GNOME lib building another try and see what needs fixing.
Posted Nov 23, 2012 7:34 UTC (Fri) by paulj (subscriber, #341)
I'm not blaming GNOME for distros not shipping libraries. GNOME deprecated those libraries, and then building those old libraries on modern distros became troublesome (likely for a variety of reasons). Because of that, those distros decided to stop shipping those libraries (or just couldn't), which, obviously, lead to that app no longer being shipped. Again, it's more than a case of an app no longer being shipped - which a user could easily fix themselves.
I don't know who's to blame, but my point was that - regardless of the work you say the library maintainers put in to maintain API and ABI compatibility - a very useful application disappeared from at least one distro because of library churn in GNOME/GTK+.
Posted Nov 23, 2012 10:09 UTC (Fri) by dgm (subscriber, #49227)
I'm sorry that I cannot provide you with specifics. The problem I have witnessed is this:
I work for an engineering company, developing custom automation products. It's very rare to find Linux based developments running there, all important automation packages run on Windows.
One of our clients, though, bought a system for classifying defects based on video cameras. The system was running in an very old Ubuntu (Dapper I believe) PC. When the time came to replace that computer they first tried with a recent Ubuntu. The application refused to run. They called to me and I had to explain what Unity is, and that they need to install Gnome, which they did. The application crashed. The only way they found to make it work was to install an old version of Ubuntu (10.4). I don't know what the concrete problem was, just that they could not fix it. After that, they have been regretting their decision of buying anything based on Linux.
What do you think they will do if I suggest to them to buy something based on Linux?
Backwards compatibility over features
Posted Nov 23, 2012 16:10 UTC (Fri) by man_ls (subscriber, #15091)
However, let us put things in perspective here. Dapper was released in June 2006 and it has been supported for five years. At the time of its introduction Vista had not yet been released (January 2007), so the most current version of Windows was XP (released in October 2001). If your story had read thus:
The system was running in a very old Windows XP PC. When the time came to replace it they first tried with Windows 7; the application refused to run. They called me and I explained what Aero is, and that they needed to install Windows XP Mode, which they did. The application crashed. They had to install an old version of Vista. I don't know what the problem was, just that they could not fix it. After that they have been regretting their decision of buying anything based on Windows.
There are two important differences: first that Microsoft is supporting XP with SP 3 until 2014, and each service pack is essentially a new version of the OS. Second that your client did not pay for Ubuntu, probably. If they had chosen Red Hat they would be happily running RHEL 4 on the new machine (supported until 2015). I think you could do worse than recommending anything based on Red Hat. (Note: I am a happy Debian user, and would be grateful to recommend Debian oldstable; but I also value what Red Hat gives to companies.)
Posted Nov 23, 2012 17:08 UTC (Fri) by sorpigal (subscriber, #36106)
Posted Nov 23, 2012 22:16 UTC (Fri) by jjs (guest, #10315)
This is one of the standard problems with proprietary software -and I've seen it on Windows quite a bit. However, I can run my old WordPerfect for Linux (from mid-90's) on Linux, as long as I install the right user-space libraries.
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