Re: BlueZ 5 migration

Hi Arun,

Thanks for adding me...

On Mon, Jul 1, 2013 at 1:30 PM, Arun Raghavan
<arun raghavan collabora co uk> wrote:
Looping in Luiz Augusto von Dentz from the BlueZ side since he might
want to pitch in as well.


On Mon, 2013-07-01 at 15:02 +0530, Arun Raghavan wrote:
On Mon, 2013-07-01 at 09:47 +0200, Bastien Nocera wrote:
On Fri, 2013-06-28 at 17:46 +0530, Arun Raghavan wrote:
I think it makes sense to use this approach with 3.10 as well - support
BlueZ 4 and 5 as a compile-time option for this release, get some more
user-testing during this cycle from the more adventurous, and then
switch to BlueZ 5 only in 3.12

Given that we had to break the API to support Bluez5, I really don't
want to be supporting 2 versions of BlueZ in gnome-bluetooth and
associated modules. Waiting another 6 months would mean that we'd rely
on the unsupported BlueZ 4 code for a total of a year and a half.

I'd rather ship without Bluetooth audio support in 3.10.0 and have the
support come in in an subsequent point update. This is definitely better
than relying on unsupported versions of BlueZ.

"BlueZ 4 is no longer supported" is only a tenable argument if it didn't
drop functionality. Put another way, from users' perspective, BlueZ 4
vs. 5 doesn't matter. Having something that worked fine go away, for no
visible gain, does.

I'm not even saying we should be providing active support for BlueZ 4
installs - just that we deal with messiness of retaining 4.x support in
code for one cycle.

Im still hopping we could release PA 4.1 including BlueZ 5 support as
it is currently merged in master branch and it can be perhaps
considered a bug fix because Im quite sure distros will start picking
up BlueZ 5 and PA 4 and realize they are not compatible. Shipping
without audio support will probably do more warm than good for us
because we loose valuable feedback of how things are working with
different setups and probably will not be able fix these problems in
the upcoming months.

Luiz Augusto von Dentz

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