glib in kdesupport: yes or no?

Havoc Pennington hp at
Mon Mar 10 16:00:41 GMT 2003

On Mon, Mar 10, 2003 at 12:17:03AM -0500, Maks Orlovich wrote:
> > Keep in mind though - the problem with duplication is choice
> > vs. fragmentation, not the mere existence of duplication. As I said
> > before, people *like* choosing from multiple email clients. What they
> > don't like is say not being able to choose the best email client,
> > because of their choice of web browser. Or losing possible users due
> > to choice of devel platform. Or having to set up MIME handlers 6
> > times.
> What you're missing here is that often it *is* the platform is what makes 
> something the best e-mail client or web browser for many people. Konqueror 
> and KMail and KNode and Kopete are good in large part because they're KDE 
> applications. It's their heritage that in large part makes them enjoyable to 
> people. And no, it's not just a toolkit. Say LyX1.3/Qt -- a great application 
> I use alot and greatly appreciate -- it doesn't /feel/ the same. 

Nothing I've proposed would keep anyone from choosing to use a set of
apps that are based on a single platform. Interoperability isn't
mutually exclusive with that, at all.

If we have several MIME systems that are all doing pretty much the
same thing, and unify those, it doesn't hurt anyone that's using only
one of them.


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