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A look at GNOME Shell

A look at GNOME Shell

Posted Jun 11, 2010 3:18 UTC (Fri) by k8to (subscriber, #15413)
In reply to: A look at GNOME Shell by rahulsundaram
Parent article: A look at GNOME Shell

And it is well known that binary formats have disadvantages for automation, recovery, and investigation. Conf keys are not a heavyweight activity, so playing up performance at the expense of these other conscerns for this domain is just foolish.

The article I linked was notable not because it is a Microsoft document, but it is a Microsoft document communicating how to try to recover from a corruption issue common enough to require a knowledge base entry. This should make the problems with binary format config hives understandable to everyone.


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A look at GNOME Shell

Posted Jun 11, 2010 3:56 UTC (Fri) by rahulsundaram (subscriber, #21946) [Link]

Performance has certainly been a concern with Gconf. We will see how it goes. The developers certainly think it is a valid trade off and you are free to opinionate that it is foolish but since they are doing the work, that is what ultimately counts.

A look at GNOME Shell

Posted Jun 11, 2010 7:45 UTC (Fri) by k8to (subscriber, #15413) [Link]

No, ultimately what counts is whether it works, and works well.

Certainly, I'm not going to make it work well. But those who will not learn the lessons of history won't either.

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Posted Jun 11, 2010 9:56 UTC (Fri) by dgm (subscriber, #49227) [Link]

You forgot to explain what "works well" means. For dconf's developers it seems to be "runs fast", while "works realiably" seems to be yours.

A look at GNOME Shell

Posted Jun 11, 2010 12:16 UTC (Fri) by rahulsundaram (subscriber, #21946) [Link]

We have no scarcity of opinions. We do certainly have a problem of getting people to do the work involved unfortunately. If it doesn't work well, it will fail on its own terms. I rather reserve judgement till that point.

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Posted Jun 11, 2010 14:12 UTC (Fri) by jond (subscriber, #37669) [Link]

The thing is, sticking with our current non-binary system requires no work.

A look at GNOME Shell

Posted Jun 11, 2010 15:36 UTC (Fri) by rahulsundaram (subscriber, #21946) [Link]

No work involved for maintainers or users doesn't make a system ideal if the current characteristics are not right for the next major version of a desktop environment. GNOME has been thinking about a replacement for Gconf for quite sometime. With the opportunity now, they have. One could argue, the previous system was perfect but that isn't reality.


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