platform independent kdeinit/klauncher (was KDE4's IPC)

Thiago Macieira thiago at
Thu Dec 29 13:29:38 GMT 2005

nf2 wrote:
>Not really. Can't be used by anyone outside Qt/KDE.

That's because they don't want to. Anyone can choose between using the KDE 
libraries or not. Anyone can also choose about using libX11 or code the 
X11 protocol by hand. If they choose to do it the hard way and not use 
the KDE libraries, it's their problem. We're not about to make our lives 
that much harder with KIO just because some people refuse to use our 
libraries (for whatever reason).[1]

Sorry, there will never be a common infrastructure library that pleases 
both greeks and trojans. If you write it in C, with glib, it won't be 
used by KDE. If you write it in C++, it won't be used in GNOME. If you 
write it in plain C, without glib, you'll end up reimplementing it with 
lists, vectors, strings, memory management, etc.

No, common *library* infrastructure will not happen.

What we can hope for and strive for is interoperability, common standards, 
common interfaces, etc. RuDI and other integration technologies may prove 
very well to integrate code, but for the moment they don't exist yet.

So, stop pushing this common library infrastructure agenda as the holy 
grail of Linux desktop.

[1] One of the things I'd like to try after getting DBus going is to 
recode the KIO slave-to-app protocol using DBus, thereby giving a greater 
chance of integration with non-KDE apps.
  Thiago Macieira  -  thiago (AT) - thiago (AT)
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4. And æfter se scieppend ingelogode, he wrát "cenn", ac eala! se 
rihtendgesamnung andswarode "cenn: ne wát hú cennan 'eall'. Ástynt."
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