Re: [Nautilus-list] Huge nautilus changes coming

On 04 Apr 2001 14:21:57 +0200, Zbigniew Chyla wrote:
> It looks like you're creating "another GAL".
> All Ximian's apps depend on GAL and from now all Eazel's apps will depend on
> Eel. Is it really necessary? How many similar GNOME libraries will be
> created if other companies start writing GNOME apps?

I very much agree on that. It seems like the gnome-project is splitting
up in different company-based development branches. Although I think
Ximian and Eazel are doing a great job on making the gnome desktop
useable for anyone, both seem to be building there own* special
libraries on top of gnome-libs, so that it is quite hard for a developer
(read: developer not involved with gnome) to understand its

[* understand 'own' as a solution developed mainly by the respective

IMHO special nautilus features suitable for all gnome applications
should go into GAL. I think the gnome project would need a (better)
layered structure for its libraries, which makes it easy to see which
feature should be or is provided by which library. And maybe this
structure should not be provided by a single company, but by a
consortium of gnome-developers (steering comitee?). Otherwise it may
happen that the gnome-project just divides up into several smaller
projects each developing on a larger project (e.g. nautilus, evolution,
etc) which do not integrate in desktop as a whole.

Sorry for my english not providing expressions as clear as necessary


Knut Neumannn (mailto:knut neumann uni-duesseldorf de)
Physikalische Grundpraktika, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Tel.: +49-211-81-11314 

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