GNU OpenStep

John Lewis (jayell@mcmail.com)
Mon, 30 Nov 1998 21:01:12 +0000


I came across the GNUstep ( http://www.gnustep.org/ ) and UNofficial GNUstep (
http:/www.home.sprintmail.com/~mhanni/gnustep/ ) webpages today and wondered how
they relate to AfterStep. Is AS moving towards or away from the GNUstep
'standard' and how does windowmaker fit in. 

It seems to me that resources are being squandered in developing 3 (or is it 4)
similar window-managers. Wouldn't it be more profitable (in terms of getting
bug-free and stable apps etc.) for all the developers to concentrate on one wm?
Isn't there too much fragmentation of effort in this field? It isn't just
GNUstep/AfterStep but KDE, Gnome, Enlightenment etc plus the commercial efforts
like CDE and so on and the multiplicity of apps written for these
windowmanagers.

Where would the linux kernel be today if people had gone in different directions
pursuing their own ideas of how it should be developed. I suspect it is now
impossible for anyone to cry halt and get all this effort channeled into two or
three possibilities. 

Sure it doesn't matter if all you want is a command line interface. This is OK
for servers, maybe, but if you, the developers/programmers, are to achieve
Linus' goal of World Domination then the desktop problem has to be tackled in a
less random fashion than up to now.

Just my thoughts after taking a look at what is currently available. My
preference is for the GNUstep look. The screenshot of the desktop on the
UNofficial site is just a bit more exciting than I have been able to get with
AS. The icons are snappier and the background more interesting than back.xpm
which I am currently using.

FWIW I have created an Wharf icon for my swallowed pager which is a mimic of the
actual pager. I haven't attached the xpm to this mailing as doing such things is
frowned on in other groups I have subscribed to, if any one wants it I'll be
happy to send it to the group or individuals.


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