Re: Updated GTK+ 2.24.5 binaries (and bundle)

On Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 04:15:14PM +0200, Dieter Verfaillie wrote:

> What's going to be accepted as the "official" builds for GTK+ 3, I
> have no idea.
> Now, after all this discussing about build systems and what-not, my
> question still stands: is there interest in keeping the binaries
> on and up to date
> for the remainder of GTK+-2.X's useful life?

Speaking as an application developer, I’m more interested in
ready–to–deploy binaries for GTK+ 3.0. A nice bundle like the one Tor
provided for GTK+ 2.X would be a neat plus.

Until that condition is met, I’m not going to port my applications to
GTK+ 3.0, which I would really love to do, just because I need them to
run on Windows.

Now, my applications are not that interesting. One of them is currently
used by a small company to handle part of its workflow but, apart from
that, nobody would probably miss them. Porting to GTK+ 3.0 would not
give many benefits, since that one application is fairly complete and
stable, and can probably serve the user’s needs for years to come.

My only fear is that other application developers, which have built
much more useful and unique applications using GTK+ 2.X over the years,
are now in the same situation as I am: very willing to port their code
to GTK+ 3.0, if only to better integrate in the beautiful GNOME 3
desktop, but unable to do so until GTK+ 3.0 is properly running and
easy to deploy on win32 as well. I don’t care for OS X myself, but
it’s easy to imagine other developers having the same needs with
respect to that platform.

So I very much welcome the ones who, unlike me, have both the time and
the expertise needed to advance the status of GTK+ on win32; but I think
they should put less effort in keeping GTK+ 2.X alive and more effort
in making GTK+ 3.0 on win32 a viable solution.

Just my 0.2€ ;)

Andrea Bolognani <eof kiyuko org>
Resistance is futile, you will be garbage collected.

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