- Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2016 13:40:55 +0200
- From: Sébastien Wilmet <swilmet@xxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: Gtk+4.0
On Fri, Aug 12, 2016 at 04:19:30AM +0000, philip.chimento@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
> 4. Maintainers of libraries that depend on GTK (such as GtkSourceView, VTE,
> WebKitGTK) are concerned about having to maintain essentially a separate
> library for each unstable release.
When GTK+ breaks the API, it doesn't mean that a higher-level library
needs to break API too. For example, GtkTextView has a quite stable API,
so I think GtkSourceView will still have a stable API too, to keep
backward compatibility during GtkSourceView 4.
> Did I forget anything?
It is expected that GNOME apps will follow the unstable GTK+ versions.
But some GNOME apps (or other libraries, for that matter) are developed
almost entirely by people contributing during their spare time. And the
amount of spare time/energy/willingness to maintain code can vary widely
between development cycles. This includes gedit. I'm not sure it is a
good idea for gedit to follow the unstable versions of GTK+.
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