Staying on GTK/GNOME 3.8 next cycle/for the LTS?

Sebastien Bacher seb128 at
Tue Oct 1 21:20:04 UTC 2013

Le 01/10/2013 22:46, Bryan Quigley a écrit :
> With a personal hat on...
> I just started maintaining Gnome Nibbles and the 3.8 release has some 
> serious issues....  Obviously a game not shipped by default isn't a 
> big issue..

If your game works with GTK 3.8 I see no reason to not update it in 
Ubuntu (as an app dev you should have interest to get your game running 
on any distros and not only the most recent dev ones anyway no?)

> I'd definitely like to see a more up-to-date version of Rhythmbox 
> specifically.  It's had various issues that are fixed upstream in 3.8 
> (iPod sync) from what I remember.
The reason that one was not update is mostly manpower issues...

> With a work hat on...
> I see Evince already has a 3.10 in Saucy... would that stay that way?

Sure, we updated to the new version because we though it was safe and 
worth it

> Without a particularly hat on..
> Why 3.8 over 3.10?  3.10 seems like few major changes and mostly bugs 
> being fixed.
> With the deprecation of certain options... (I can't speak to the 
> immediate bug)  isn't it better to do that for an LTS release as 
> opposed to having to maintain them for 5 years?
Well, for the reasons listed;
- doing the updates/testing them/dealing with new bugs is lot of work
- the options are there for years and years, maintaining them doesn't 
require any extra work, they are there and work as they work
- some of the design changes are not so trivial/don't make sense with Unity
- if other major distributions end up maintaining the same GNOME version 
for their customers, it means we can share efforts. If we are shifted by 
a version, that's not true anymore

Sebastien Bacher

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