Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Jan 2011 22:04 UTC
Xfce When we reported on the release of Xfce 4.8, we ignored a statement inside the release announcement about the lack of new features coming to the BSD world. The statement was a bit disconnected from the rest of the press release, but Xfce developer Jannis Pohlmann has published a blog post giving a few more details about the issue.
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No one cares
by ddc_ on Thu 20th Jan 2011 01:35 UTC
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Any BSD system (I use OpenBSD, but the same thing is true for other flavors) put nearly all of development resources to form a consistent configuration interface. So, porting some always evolving linux interfaces to BSDs simply makes no sense as far as so much development resources were invested into solid native interfaces.

As far as it comes for popular projects like GNOME, ports maintainers find ways around. XFCE isn't that popular, so there simply isn't enough development resources on the BSDs' side to port it in a way that makes sense.

At the same time, XFCE team writes code for Linux interfaces. As they are not interested in BSDs enough to also write code for there interfaces, no BSDs support come out of the box.

In any case: if You want all XFCE's features on Your BSD flavor of choice, DIY. It's a free software at the end!

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RE: No one cares
by Delgarde on Thu 20th Jan 2011 01:51 in reply to "No one cares"
Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

At the same time, XFCE team writes code for Linux interfaces. As they are not interested in BSDs enough to also write code for there interfaces, no BSDs support come out of the box.


Actually, no - XFCE codes to the same interfaces as Gnome and KDE do, and those interfaces aren't Linux-specific. However, they *are* only available on Linux for the moment, since Linux-based developers are the ones doing all the work. Now deprecated, HAL used to be the same, until the BSD people came to the party to add a BSD backend.

In any case: if You want all XFCE's features on Your BSD flavor of choice, DIY. It's a free software at the end!


Agreed - those wanting to use modern desktops on BSD are going to have to do the work to support it. Nobody else is going to.

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RE[2]: No one cares
by philomelus on Thu 20th Jan 2011 04:12 in reply to "RE: No one cares"
philomelus Member since:
2011-01-20

aren't Linux-specific


contradicts

*are* only available on Linux


But maybe that's just me.

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RE[2]: No one cares
by YALoki on Thu 20th Jan 2011 06:26 in reply to "RE: No one cares"
YALoki Member since:
2008-08-13

In any case: if You want all XFCE's features on Your BSD flavor of choice, DIY. It's a free software at the end!


Agreed - those wanting to use modern desktops on BSD are going to have to do the work to support it. Nobody else is going to.


Hmmmm, don't you know that the most widely distributed program in the *ix world is OpenSSH? Written by a subset of the OpenBSD devs in two forms.

One is the version shipped with OpenBSD. When that code is audited and tested OpenSSH Portable is built for the benefit of other *ix-like OSes.

See OpenSSH ( http://www.openssh.com/ ) for details.

At least the smallest of the BSD dev teams doesn't tell you all to DIY or go without.

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