Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 30th Sep 2003 05:20 UTC
General Development In the dawn of the renovation of freedesktop.org's web site, David Zeuthen announced the release of HAL 0.1. HAL is an implementation of a hardware abstraction layer, as defined by Havoc Pennington's paper. It encompasses a shared library for use in applications, a daemon, a hotplug tool, command line tools and a set of stock device info files. Carlos Perelló Marín also announced the design of a similar concept, but it is expected the two projects to merge. More people are encouraged to join this innovative project. Elsewhere, Gnome's Seth Nickell is giving us a first taste of his effort to replace the Init system.
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by Eugenia on Tue 30th Sep 2003 08:45 UTC

>Seems to be especially usefull for people who change their DE s very often

Indeed. However, it is also important if you are running apps that were built with this or another toolkit. For example, if you are on Gnome and you launch konqueror, because you happen to like konqueror, it would be nice to see your bookmarks from the main repository. This sort of integration and unification freedesktop.org is aiming, and NOT to make gnome and kde look and feel the same.