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Re: [kde] setting an /opt precedent

> Sender: srivasta@golden-gryphon.com
> From: Manoj Srivastava <srivasta@debian.org>
> Resent-From: debian-devel@lists.debian.org
> Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2002 17:20:30 -0600
> To: debian-devel@lists.debian.org
> Subject: Re: [kde] setting an /opt precedent
> -----
> >>"Jim" == Jim Gettys <jg@pa.dec.com> writes:
>  Jim> The project has to be able to have more than one environment installed
>  Jim> simultaneously, both for development, and for users, *SINCE IT JUST
>  Jim> of these projects is such there is no other way forward, but to enable
>  Jim> both versions to be used side by side, possibly simultaneously.
>         Why is this not an issue of backwards compatibility with their
>  installed based not a problem to ber solved by these projects? Why
>  isn't versioning of interfaces an integral part of their protocol?
>  This is a solved problem (DCE RPC solved it before Linux was born,
>  really, for one example).  I see this as users having to work around
>  lack of design and due care for compatibility from the projects.

The X protocol has remained strictly compatible since X11 shipped
in ***1988***!

What did not maintain compatibility were some of the toolkit libraries
built on top.

So you could/can always run binaries, and everything would/does work.
Turn on that antique Sun or Microvax in the corner and try it: it really
is compatible.

The issue is how to get all applications updated to new versions of those 
libraries; there were times when it was not just a recompile.
				- Jim

Jim Gettys
Cambridge Research Laboratory
Compaq Computer Corporation

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