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Re:Dr. Portland and Mr. Hyde

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on August 29, 2006 07:04 PM
2) the visionary guys who wanted to replace the existing KDE and Gnome APIs with a silver bullet called DAPI.

No! Neither subproject of Portland is meant to replace existing desktop APIs.

They are an additional way to access desktop services.

DAPI, either as a library or as a set of D-Bus interfaces allows to implement the more sophisticated integration tasks, because it is easier to do some things in code than in shell scripts.

but I haven't heard of anybody using DAPI

That's because DAPI itself is more powerful but also more complex. Implementing it properly takes more time and our resources and those of the interested ISVs are focused on xdg-utils right now.

Once the demand for integration tasks increases beyond the offers of xdg-utils, DAPI will become the more suitable solution

Kevin Krammer
xdg-utils developer


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