Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Apr 2008 21:52 UTC
OpenStep, GNUstep And yet another release of the GNUstep live CD, version 1.8 this time. "GNUstep (this is a live CD, an operating system, a distribution) contains a lot of software for GNUstep, a free implementation of the OPENSTEP framework (which was also the base as Cocoa in Mac OS X)."
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What is GNUstep?
by Polari on Thu 10th Apr 2008 08:31 UTC
Polari
Member since:
2006-02-24

Is it simply for developing applications, or is it one day going to be a complete desktop environment?

Don't get me wrong, I think GNUstep's great but the project seems to have something of an identity crisis. Applications developed with it seem to adhere too strictly to NeXT style to work well in any desktop environment except a GNUstep one. Yet there is no GNUstep window manager. If you want GNUstep, you have to settle for an awkward kludge of GNUstep and WindowMaker.

At the same time though, there's no effort to better integrate GNUstep applications with the likes of GNOME and KDE. So what is GNUstep? Once again, I'm not criticising, I'm genuinely curious.

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RE: What is GNUstep?
by zio_tom78 on Thu 10th Apr 2008 08:52 in reply to "What is GNUstep?"
zio_tom78 Member since:
2008-04-10

I too am a bit concerned about the "real" identity of GNUstep, although I find Gorm really interesting and superior to other similar environments like Glade and QT Designer (which nowadays I still use today).

About the desktop integration, the application sent by GNUstep developers to the Google Summer of Code contained the topic "better integration with other desktop environments". It seems that somebody is interested in this:

http://article.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lib.gnustep.devel/6870

Let's hope that this year the GSoC will be better for GNUStep than the previous edition!

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RE: What is GNUstep?
by greygandalf on Fri 11th Apr 2008 13:05 in reply to "What is GNUstep?"
greygandalf Member since:
2008-04-07

Well, yes, it will become a complete environment. But that needs time and effort. I already use it every day...

About integration. GNUstep applications will integrate among themselves more. But do GNOME application integrate with KDE? Not in my experience. Also integration of other applications on Mac for example is limited. Sure where it can be done it will be done, but having the applications is more important.
You notice the problem more on GNUstep because there are less applications available and you need to resort using alien programs.

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