Re: GNOME and Ubuntu GNOME

On Sat, 27 Sep 2014 08:57:19 -0500
Michael Catanzaro <mcatanzaro gnome org> wrote:
[...] Whereas the versions of your
applications can probably vary without TOO much trouble, you should only
ever update core components like gnome-shell, gnome-settings-daemon, and
gnome-control-center at the same time. gnome-tweak-tool is another one
where something is likely to break if not upgraded in lockstep.

How could they be made more robust against this sort of problem?

communicate over unstable D-Bus interfaces and assume they're
communicating with the corresponding version of the other components.
Why don't they ask, and refuse to run if they depend on the other parts so closely. But in that case what's 
the advantage of using dbus?

It's already a pain for users that things like themes and shell extensions are so closely tied to the 
gnome-shell version, but at least they just refuse to load rather than breaking in unpredictable ways.

Liam Quin - XML Activity Lead, W3C,
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