Drop splash screens in 4.14?

Simon Steinbeiß simon at xfce.org
Sat Mar 7 11:19:09 CET 2015

Hey everyone,

I had a brief look at porting xfce4-session to Gtk3 and what I immediately noticed is that the splash screens are still relying on tons of gdk drawing routines that would all have to be ported to Cairo in order to continue working.

Now I really would prefer to avoid any backlash of the type "Meh, you ported to Gtk3 and now you dropped all those wonderful features!! You're just like Gnome!! Boooh!" – I generally think porting 1:1 is a good idea. Then again, the splash screens made me wonder whether there are still people who actually use them. (I personally have only tried them once back in 4.4 and never since then.)
So yeah, naturally it's not impossible to port them, but it's going to be a bit of an effort (and I wonder whether we don't have bigger fish to fry).

My proposal is to drop the splash screens for 4.14, but I'd like to hear whether you have any concerns.


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