Ubuntu beyond GTK apps?

Jan Claeys lists at janc.be
Sat May 24 14:58:51 UTC 2008

Op zaterdag 17-05-2008 om 21:20 uur [tijdzone -0400], schreef A. Walton:
> http://weblog.obso1337.org/2008/four-words-for-funpidgin/

What went wrong in the Pidgin case is easy to see:

      * Pidgin developers see a good design for this dialog; everybody
        using it loves it (I think they got the idea from Adium?)
      * They implement it partially but run out of time (seems like one
        part of the design is difficult to implement in Gtk or
      * Then they release this half-implemented & buggy implementation
        of a good idea as the default dialog in a stable release
        (instead of keeping it as an alternative plugin for people to
        test, or something like that)
      * People get upset because the dialog doesn't work for them and
        the Pidgin developers don't want to remove it
      * The Pidgin developers later fix many but not all bugs in it
        (most of these fixes are in Ubuntu 8.04 now AFAIK)

IMHO what Pidgin needs is a release manager who decides which new
developments are ready for a stable release and which are not.

Anyway, there has never been a bad _design_ choice, as most people who
use a correct implementation of the design seem to be happy with
it...   ;)

Jan Claeys

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