Re: What Is Linux?
- From: John Thompson <john@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2008 19:48:23 -0600
On 2008-01-08, Randy Yates <yates@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
Am I hearing you correctly? Are you saying, e.g., there are some
versions of gtk that are not backward compatible? That would definitely
place a big wrench in the paradigm I suggested.
If a program was written explicitly expecting to find, say, a gtk2.6
widget set, and you only have gtk2.0 installed, it will complain if/when
it tries to find a missing widget. The same goes for KDE and qt widgets.
Sometimes the author will allow you to configure using an earlier
version, e.g. "./configure --with-gtk2.0" or something, but you can't
count on all source code to do this.
You can build the newer gtk (or qt, or whatever) on your old system, but
that's where you start hitting similar issues with other packages like
glib or gdk and such. So then you go to build the newer versions of
those packages, run into the same problem again with something else,
continuing recursively until you throw in the towel.
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