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Re: Thoughts on the installer (early)

On Mon, Jan 08, 2001 at 12:52:51AM -0500, Chris Ruffin wrote:
> From what I gather today after playing around with gtk-fb today is
> that you would have to have the appropriate versions of several libraries
> available- the gtk & gdk libs, compiled for frame buffer support, 
> glib, the pango libs, and the freetype libs.
> That's a little overhead, yes, but I do think that since gtk-fb's
> motivation is for embedded devices that it would be adequate for our
> purposes.  From first glance at looking at the new debian installer,
> it looks like size is becoming less of an issue, since the appropriate
> modules (udebs) can be retreived while the installer is running.  At
> first glance, it seems feasible to me.
> The way I see it, the benefit of using this approach over something
> like bogl (sorry, I've haven't seen this yet), is that it provides a
> complete set of widgets that we can work with to produce a very
> intuitive, very clickable, very friendly interface that looks really
> good.  I don't think it would be wise to scrap the bogl efforts and
> move towards something else, but what I'm asking is if it is feasible
> to move the UI that bogl implements over to use gtk-ui, as opposed to
> the lightweight, from scratch interface that is there already?

I don't think so, at this time.  The motivation for the BOGL stuff I'm
writing is size; the complete bogl library strips down to 90K right now
on x86, and will probably not go above 120K after I'm done adding

GTK is nice, but it's not going on a floppy.  This will.

I admit I'd rather have a less hokey widget set, but the other
advantage of BOGL is a compact utf8 and i18n library; does GTK have
something similar?


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