[lsb-discuss] Motif and LSB

Darren Davis ddavis at novell.com
Thu Nov 16 12:11:40 PST 2006

Jiri Dluhos wrote:
> 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.

I would have to say I agree with this position as well.  That is why I 
promote options such as the libQt Motif extension that I point out 
earlier for those that do not have the time or money to port to a more 
modern UI.

> 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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