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.