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Bug#154950: Gnome 2 transition

Ian Jackson <ian@davenant.greenend.org.uk> writes:

> Raul Miller writes ("Bug#154950: Gnome 2 transition"):


> Can Gnome1 programs run on a Gnome2 desktop and vice versa ?  If not
> then we could invent a standard wrapper script that chooses the right
> version based on the current desktop.

No for all applets and capplets (modules for the control center)
Then you can't configure all core applications.

> Runtime libraries are not supposed to be incompatible unless they have
> different sonames and can coexist.

> What other files are involved ?

Pixmaps files, .mo files, documentation files.

This mean that GNOME 1 can't coexist with GNOME 2.

> Some of these issues are subtle [for example: sawfish, where there's no
> difference between sawfish in gnome1 vs. gnome2 but there is a difference
> in what libraries it's (dynamically) linked against].

> If the libraries are compatible, why not just keep linking against the
> old library until the new one is truly stable ?

Libraries aren't compatible. You can't recompile a GNOME 1 package
against a GNOME 2 package. And GNOME 2 libraries are stable. 2.0.1 has
been released 2 weeks ago.

BTW GNOME 1 isn't maintained by upstream. A lot of GNOME 1 upstream bugs
has been tagged wontfix or fixed in GNOME 2 or I never got any reply.


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