Re: [Gnome-print] Re: [Gimp-print-devel] An introduction to gnome-print (fwd)

   From: Miguel de Icaza <>
   Date: 31 May 2000 16:00:20 -0400

   >    Still I think that in near future libgnomeui is installed in most
   >    computers, so this is no-issue.
   > Sorry, I don't buy it.  KDE users won't do it, nor will Motif users,
   > nor will CDE users.  

   So we rather reinvent the same software and rewrite the code to avoid
   someone feeling like they are betraying some cause?

No.  And that's precisely the point.  Why does GNOME have to go
reinventing the wheel?

   And now that I think of it Motif and CDE users have as much use for
   Gtk+ as they do for GNOME.

Right.  None.  CDE apps aren't written using GTK+, so users of CDE
have no use for it.

   If you say `Oh, but the GIMP is the greatest application ever' in this
   context, I will ask:

Well, I don't.  (Shh.  Don't tell Sven, but the gimp-print plugin as a
significant application is eventually going away.  All of the funky
drivers we're doing will become CUPS filters of Ghostscript drivers,
and the plugin itself will be hollowed out into practically

   > Where I think you're overreaching is in going after the back end.

   GNOME is about bringing missing technologies to free systems and
   enable free systems to be used on the desktop.  And we will write and
   implement what needs to be written and implemented.

Oh, for heaven's sakes.  Unix's strength (compared to Windows) is in
the back end.  Unix is very weak in the front end.  Unix is actually
pitifully weak in the back end compared to mainframes, but it's a darn
sight better than Windows.  Back end infrastructure is a whole
different ball of wax from front end application support.

Robert Krawitz <>

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