RE: Gtk/Gnome release schedules

I definitely think something needs to be done.

We (BT) are currently writing an application for Cisco, and some of the
issues raised by my own team are greatly to do with the file selection
dialog.  These include, the look, lack of functionality, and how it is
completely different to the Window's file selection dialog.

I think it would be good to have the file selection dialog updated (from the
Linux platform's point of view) but it is (IMO) more important to have it
updated to be more inline to how Window's users expect a file selection
dialog to look.

By-the-way, when I say lack of functionality, I mean things like filters for
what the user will be browsing, that sort of thing.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bob Smith [mailto:bob thestuff net]
> Sent: 05 February 2003 19:25
> To: Michael Meeks
> Cc: Owen Taylor; Havoc Pennington; desktop-devel-list gnome org; Gtk
> Hackers; Release Team
> Subject: Re: Gtk/Gnome release schedules
> I had an unusual idea. From the gnome standpoint, I think it would be
> better to have just the new file selector widget. We're very behind in
> apps already and changing more of gtk will just make porting apps even
> harder. How long has gnome 2.x been out anyway? The only apps 
> I usually
> use is Galeon and Evolution and those are both gnome 1.4 apps. Granted
> things are slowly coming over (Galeon, Evolution, Dia, etc all have
> versions in the works) but changing gtk again will just slow 
> them down.
> Changing the file selector widget is more of a requirement 
> then a feature
> though. So, gnome would be better off with the current gtk 
> 2.2 with a new
> file selector.
> For gtk's standpoint, I think its a really good idea to continue
> development on it and continue to fix broken api, moving 
> widgets into gtk
> that belong there, and creating new widgets. From gtk's standpoint,
> releasing a gtk file selector only next release will slow all 
> of that down
> by months.
> So, why not do both at once? Parallel develop 2.3 and 2.5 at the same
> time. Have 2.3 be 2.2 with just a new file selector widget. 
> Develop 2.5
> with all the new stuff but without the file selector widget. 
> In theory,
> 2.4 should be done before 2.6, so when 2.4 is completed, the 
> file selector
> can be moved into 2.5 in time for 2.6.
> This will allow some time for apps to catch up with 2.x while 
> not holding
> back development on gtk.
> Thaughts? Comments?
> Bob
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