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It’s good to share common technologies but…

… it would be great if the support tools and libraries actually worked out of the box.

I think I blogged already too much about the fact that GNOME is broken out of the box on anything that is not Linux (and even on some non-standard Linux setups of course). Seems like this problem is not only a prerogative of GNOME itself but also of its support software, even when hosted by FreeDesktop.

So, today I decided to clean up some keywording of ~x86-fbsd, as there are quite a few things that misses optional dependencies. One of the things I wanted to try was dbus. It’s the next generation IPC application for both GNOME and KDE, one has to suppose it works fine out of the box. After all it’s FreeDesktop’s, isn’t it? So it should work just fine…. you hope.

No it’s not the case, dbus-0.62 does not complete the merge correctly on FreeBSD. It does not work.

So I look at ports, and find a 68K sized patches directory. 68K of patches to have it working. And I would bet something that half of those aren’t applied upstream.

SIGH! More work to do when I have time. Now you can tell how I feel toward the “standardisation” that is going on with GNOME and KDE these days. I would rather call it “bastardisation”.

On the other hand, even xine-ui snapshot I recently added failed to work on FreeBSD. But I fixed that today cleaning up also the extraneous warnings, so that improved for sure, although xine-ui is half dead and could certainly use a good rewrite, especially with respect to the fonts handling.

Comments 2
  1. well it seems that in linux gnome is broken on anything but ubuntu :/i remember the problems i had when i tried 2.14 when ubuntu already had it for a couple of weeks.good luck with your gentoo efforts. keep it up, but don’t overwork yourself.

  2. At one point, I had to ask the dbus mailing list about the mono bindings. Unfortunately they are half broken right now, but they were very frindly. I’m sure that if freebsd support is shaky too because no one in the team uses it, and no one stepped up to do any real work on it.They seem very open and if you or someone else assist them in porting dbus to freebsd, i’m sure they’d really like it.That said, at one point, there was not a good relationship between gnome and freebsd (i don’t know/care who started it) but I think it’s worth reviving that relationship.Thank you for all your work on gentoo, thanks too for sharing it on your blog more than regularly, and like yoshi314 said, don’t overwork yourself 🙂

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