[lsb-discuss] Motif and LSB

Jiri Dluhos jdluhos at suse.cz
Thu Nov 16 10:02:58 PST 2006

On Thursday 16 November 2006 18:04, Ian Murdock spoke thusly:
> (Old thread, new subject, catching up on email still :-)
> So, Mats is correct in that there's really not much we can do
> for this ISV *today* given the fact that the LSB doesn't include
> Motif and that the existing Motif library isn't LSB compliant.
> There's a couple of things we could do to make the LSB more relevant
> to this ISV though. One is that we could add Motif to the LSB,
> perhaps even to LSB 3.2. One question to answer there is whether
> Motif ships in the major distros.

Hi everyone,

just my 2 cents...

I believe Motif should not be promoted to any further standard if at all 
possible, quite the contrary - I would prefer burying it on crossroads, or 
burning it in the middle of a pentagram.

Sorry for harsh words but in my opinion, Motif is a horribly obsolete library 
and applications using it look extremely ugly; they cannot be themed and I 
seriously doubt they can co-work with more recent features of the X desktop 
(read "features invented in this century").  When an unprepared user sees a 
Motif application, she suffers a serious shock and may even come to 
conclusion that all Linux applications are that crappy.

The Motif API is also not exactly the state-of-the art. I think if a company 
is still using Motif for its commercial applications, they should seriously 
consider updating their tools.

Best regards,

    Jiri Dluhos

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