New minimum requirement of GTK+2/GLIB for Xarchiver

Don Christensen djc at
Fri Aug 4 20:50:54 CEST 2006

Giuseppe Torelli wrote:
> On 8/4/06, Stephan Arts <psybsd at> wrote:
>> A few things, first there is time.
>> Then there might be some things they patched agains gtk+ 2.x, work
>> they need to redo if they upgrade to another version, and this
>> requires time.
> Time is precious I agree but if one decides to create a distribution
> it should carry on the burden it derivates from it. So if a new API
> comes out and the features are worth upgrading I think they should
> upgrade and rebuild all the packages.
> Just my very small two cents.
> Giuseppe

You're missing the viewpoint of corporate networks.  When an IT
department chooses to support a particular OS, they want something
that is stable for as long as possible.  Take a survey of large
companies and ask them how long after Windows XP came out before
they started general deployment of it.  I bet the average is more
than a year, if not closer to three.

RHEL was created for exactly this market.  Even with RHEL 5 out,
RHEL 4 is still going to be in place for some time in many companies.
I know of machines that have been up for over two years.  That means
that until in-service upgrades are available (and reliable), such
machines will be at least two years behind (from a kernel perspective
at the very least).

So you have to be careful about what assumptions you make based on
your sphere of experience.  On my laptop, I like to stay up-to-date
as much as possible, but at work, I expect reliability and consistency,
and I know the IT group could never support the hundreds of different
variations that could exist.  Red Hat has done me a big favor by
enabling the IT group to be comfortable that they have a supported
distro that won't force them to upgrade every six months.  Otherwise,
getting Linux officially supported would be nearly impossible.


Don Christensen       Senior Software Development Engineer
djc at         Cisco Systems, Santa Cruz, CA
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