Re: AbiWord 0.7.7

Subject: Re: AbiWord 0.7.7
From: Matt Coulson (
Date: Mon Dec 20 1999 - 13:32:04 CST

Although the Gnome Version is rather helpful to some, it is rather annoying to
others. Since Gnome isn't a standard part of Linux (it isn't in all the various
distributions, Suse, Caldera, TurboLinux, Debian, Corel, etc.) Without adding
several libaries and significant hacking it is difficult getting the Linux
version to compile (I am still working on getting all of my patches ready for
submission) I do know how going with a specific desktop and its subsequent
libaries is useful (much of my programming uses the Qt libararies) but due to
the desire the Abisuite project (to have as much cross platform code as
possible) Why should we cause additional issues within a platform?

Just my opinion

Matthew Coulson
Caldera Systems Inc.
(801)852-0089 ext 246

Paul Rohr wrote:

> At 12:16 AM 12/11/99 -0500, David Schmitz wrote:
> >Beautiful! Things seem to be working here in Redhat 6.0 Land. (With a
> >GNOME version of 1.0.50)
> Thanks. That's what we wanted to hear.
> >Being a marginal GTK programmer at best, and having a passing
> >familiarity with GNOME, I can only await GNOME-style MDI along with
> >dragon drop (or is that drag and drop?). (And before people start
> >bellyaching about MDI, looking at the GNOME api docs it allows for three
> >different styles of MDI, so *everyone* is happy.)
> As always, we can't tell you much about how long you'll have to "wait" for
> GBOME-specific features like this. So far, the GNOME version has only had
> one person working on it.
> As for MDI, having been through several minor flamewars about that topic on
> this list, I'm not gonna be the one to start it up again. :-)
> All I'll say is that we've currently got working code for a browser-like
> MSDI interface which has been pretty thoroughly debugged, and which has
> generated relatively few user complaints. If someone's interested in coding
> up an MDI variant for platforms which support that style of interface (such
> as Win32 *and* GNOME), that's fine. There are a lot of current users of
> desktop apps who've been trained to like that style of interface.
> However, I personally am unlikely to apply such a patch unless it does a
> fairly clean job of refactoring the code out in XAP land. Right now, any
> app can use the existing App/Frame UI pretty easily on all our supported
> platforms. Forcing a complete switch to MDI would be a bad idea.
> >A thought on this, though: one little feature I like about the Gimp is
> >that if you're saving a file, you can just tack on a .gz to teh end of
> >the name regardless of the file type and it'll sent it through gzip.
> >IMHO, I thing that .abw.gz would be much easier to figure out what it is
> >than .zabw. And opening a file with the suffix .gz would send it through
> >gunzip. Just my $0.02 on that subject.
> Thanks for your opinion. There's been some prior debate on the list about
> this topic. Remember that good patches get implemented a lot faster than
> opinions. :-)
> Paul

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