[lsb-discuss] Thinking about future LSB features
jdluhos at suse.cz
Fri Feb 13 11:09:16 PST 2009
Just my 2 cents of thoughts... please don't take me too seriously...
On Wed, 11 Feb 2009 19:13:05 +0100
"Dallman, John" <john.dallman at siemens.com> wrote:
> > What would make LSB more useful to you?
> The lack of Motif support is what kills it for most of my employers'
> apps. I understand the reasons, but while there is no Motif, many
> people don't see any point in doing the work to be otherwise LSB-
Wouldn't the simplest solution be to simply link the Motif library
statically into the application, or bundle it with the executable? I
think it is not so big...
> And they really don't like the idea of switching to a
> Motif substitute, unless it claims to be a complete replacement, up
> front, with someone who'll fix deficiencies, and they don't see an
> adequate gain in re-writing huge amounts of complex GUI in Qt, or
> something else. It would be man-decades of work, at a conservative
I understand it's lots of annoying work, but man-decades are, IMO, way
overstated. When considering that the graphical interface is only
a part of the whole code, I have problems imagining a software project
so huge to justify man-decades; IMHO that would suffice to rewrite the
whole UNIX from scratch.
> No, these people don't have any ideological commitment to Linux.
> To them it is just another UNIX platform. So far, customers only
> seem to want the products (big expensive CAD and PDM software)
A big expensive CAD programs with a Motif interface? Don't the
customers consider the GUI, well, a bit dated? Although Motif might be
excellent in its time, the current user interfaces are much better not
only in look, but also in comfort and usability.
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