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    Phoronix: Ubuntu Moves Towards More Docs, A Stable API

    One of the sessions held on Tuesday during the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Orlando was concerning Ubuntu developer documentation and the need for a stable desktop API...

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    Phoronix Moves Towards More Ubuntu Articles, Benchmarks.

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    At first I said, What? a stable api for developing apps for linux?, but they are only stabilizing what differences them from the rest (unity, appindicator) and gnome 3 which is neccesary for unity.
    They should have made unity a multi-distribution project from the start (as with ubuntu one), this ubuntu-only thing just sucks.

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    I'm not convinced that unity could have been possible multi-distribution. Considering how much controversy it brought up, it could have just easily bogged down forever in disagreements. The push off the cliff and hope it flys method certainly wasn't the smoothest way to launch it but it did at least move interface evolution forward out from under the emulate windows/osx umbrella. A stable API would be a good thing to attract commercial software devs from those other OS's.

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    Now if only Linux the kernel had stable API... we could have binary drivers from hardware vendors that would last years. Since they would be targeted at that _stable_ API, risk that those drivers are broken between kernel releases will be small(er).

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    Quote Originally Posted by RCL_ View Post
    Now if only Linux the kernel had stable API... we could have binary drivers from hardware vendors that would last years. Since they would be targeted at that _stable_ API, risk that those drivers are broken between kernel releases will be small(er).
    Agreed. But we should probably delineate between userspace API, which Linux has had for a very long time, and the in-kernel API which the Linux kernel devs are too fickle to adopt. They're having too much fun playing around to care about reality. At its core, the Linux kernel exhibits residual signs of its hobbyist roots.

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