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Dr. Portland and Mr. Hyde

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on August 29, 2006 08:17 AM
The Portland participants fall into two camps:
1) the practical guys who just wanted to collect
and standardize some of the scripts that ISVs had
already been writing for themselves into a
package called xdg-utils.
2) the visionary guys who wanted to replace the
existing KDE and Gnome APIs with a silver bullet
called DAPI.

The guys in the first group couldn't quite bring
themselves to kick the guys in the second group
out of the room. That's why, if you look at
<a href="http://portland.freedesktop.org/" title="freedesktop.org">http://portland.freedesktop.org/</a freedesktop.org> you see both
efforts represented. xdg-utils is already
being used by ISVs, but I haven't heard of
anybody using DAPI.

Your skepticism is perhaps appropriate with
regards to DAPI, but quite out of place with
regards to xdg-utils, which is a small and
useful contribution to the standard linux
environment.

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