Murray's Blog

gtkmm

Cedric Gustin’s windows installer is a wonderful example of gtkmm‘s cross-platform ability. It installs the demo so you can see it working straight away, and it installs the documentation prominently so you can see how hard we’ve worked on it.

I have been trying to process bugs and patches this week without actually being able to apply anything. Ole Larson helped me out by applying some of them when they were ready. Hopefully more people will help me with this administrivia in the future. I really want to do more coding/designing instead of just tending bugzilla and mailing lists.

libsigc++

Martin Schulze released a first version of libsigc++ 2. It’s very different to the libsigc++ 1.2 that we use for gtkmm 2, and I suspect that it’s going to have some major API changes. I’m trying not to get too involved, but as far as I can tell it is more STL-like and <proj>boost-like, attempting to reuse as much as possible from both. The differences between boost’s signals and libsigc++ are not that clear to me yet, though there are some clues scattered throughout the archives.

GNOME 2.4 new modules

We really need more proposals/discussion of GEP 11 so that the release-team knows what people want.

There is some controversy over Galeon v. epiphany. I don’t use either at the moment, though I’m trying out epiphany from jhbuild. As I understand it they are both based on much the same base, so I can’t see how the decision for one or the other will make a huge difference, as long as the one that’s chosen fits in nicely with the release process.

I think the next round of new modules will find us discussing whether we need to define what is appropriate for the GNOME desktop release, rather than just whether its ready for inclusion. And if we decide to draw a line then we might need to define where that line is. I don’t think it’s good enough to just say we need to include equivalents of everything that’s bundled with Windows, because Windows is not driven by user’s needs, but by the wish to create and maintain monopolies. I don’t even see much need for a separate release set – the equivalent Windows Office release set (=”bundle”) only exists to maintain the monopoly.

But I’m not worried that new modules take effort away from incremental improvements in core desktop functionality, because new modules are mostly maintained and developed by new people.

GUADEC

GUADEC 4 is looking more and more interesting as the paper abstracts roll in. Book your flights/accomodation now.

ClearCase

My loathing of ClearCase increases daily. In addition to the points I made eariler, here are a couple more big disadvantages:

I suspect that people believe the salesmen who tell them that ClearCase is a solution for complex branching situations. But in fact, ClearCase forces complex branching on simple systems, attempting to justify its own existence. I’m sure everyone would be far better of without it.

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