RE: 2.4 Module List and Rationale (aka GEP10 and 11)

> From: Malcolm Tredinnick [mailto:malcolm commsecure com au] 
> On Fri, Mar 21, 2003 at 03:17:59PM +1100, Jeff Waugh wrote:
> > I'm not sure what you're saying here. We currently have two 
> major release
> > sets:
> > 
> >   Developer Platform - GNOME libraries with API/ABI 
> guarantees to provide
> >   developers with a consistent platform to develop on. 
> Should provide all of
> >   the features required to write "GNOME software" (which 
> means shifting
> >   stuff down to this layer as we do new things), etc.
> >   
> >   Desktop - comparable to default stuff shipped in Windows 
> or Mac OS X,
> >   aimed to be useful for everyone using GNOME. It should 
> include the basic
> >   set of features in a modern desktop environment + things 
> that we push
> >   forward if they're found to be important (basically not 
> limiting ourselves
> >   to mere equality).
> > 
> > We have made 'requirements' and commitments for both of 
> these sets that are
> > important to GNOME users and vendors. I'm really not sure 
> what your previous
> > paragraphs were about.
> Although the above definitions exist intellectually, still, they are
> released as one big group. Initially, GNOME 2 had a developer release
> (or developer platform or whatever) and later there was a desktop
> release. Now, there is no real distinction, we just have simultaneous
> releases and people tend to talk about them as one group. I 
> contend that
> is an inappropraite grouping.

The requirements and aims of these 2 release sets are quite different.
Therefore they are separate release sets. The timing is just timing, but
there's more to a release than a release date.

Murray Cumming
murrayc usa net 

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