In OSS one can only do so much. The libgnomeui/GnomeMDI stuff took a long time to reach consensus. So for example, in January 2001 I was apparently telling people not to use it:
But, someone else would have told you to use it at that time.
It just depended on who you asked. There wasn't a dictator to decide.
There's more consensus/process/cultural-norm now than there used to be.
For example, a list of "official" API: http://developer.gnome.org/platform-overview/stable/
I was surprised by it just now, but libgnomeui appears to still be on my Fedora 17 system. So the ABI remains to this day.
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