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Re: Why X is needed (was: Re: Wake Up and Smell the Coffee It's Not 1970! (or is it?))

On 16 Mar 2000, Jakob 'sparky' Kaivo wrote:

> Robert, I think you are a little confused about the includsion of X in
> LSB. What is required is libX11, libXext, libSM, libICE, libXt, and
> libGL (at least at this time). On my system, the .so files for these
> libraries (and their dependencies, excluding libc) totals 2,691,068
> bytes. That's just a smidge over 2 and a half MB, nowhere near the 50
> you fear is necessary. 

Yes, I see that (now).

> We require these basic X libraries because ISV's want to sell
> graphical apps.

Which means, a system could comply to the LSB, a ISV could sell software
to a user running a LSB compliant system, and then the user can't really
use the software becuase they only have the X libs.

By saying X isn't required, but the libs are, the whole point of making
the libraries part of the standard is totally lost.

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