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New GNUstep Releases 16

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Martin writes: "GNUstep has reached release 0.7.5 of the GUI libraries as well as version 1.1.0 of its base library. Some enhancements include anti-aliased font support, spell checking, a great key-bindings system, a tool for inline Obj-C documentation, further Mac OS X compatibility, and much more ..."
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New GNUstep Releases

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  • This story has been posted for 2 hours and nobody but one troll has replied?

    Looks like not too many slashdotters use GNUstep. I'd guess that everyone is probably waiting for KDE3. ;-)
    • I wonder.

      I use Window Maker on my laptops, but I've never even looked at GnuStep. I'm guessing that there are a LOT of people who fit the same category. Maybe that will change if OS X ports start to happen...

      • Usually, I don't even need X11.
        But some people do need, and I probably
        sometimes want to view some web site images,
        too. (Browsing still using lynx, but xv then.)

        Currently I use icewm, but _if_ *step runs on
        my box I'll now that I heard of it probably give
        it a shot.
        Earlier I admired NeXT boxen. Mac OS X is said
        to be good (never really seen one, though).
        But X11 is just plain slow. Ok, it's designed
        for networking, but it anyways sucks.

        If this gets me Display Postscript or some similar
        thing (I read the earlier GNUstep story a month or
        so ago), it be glad.
        However I cannot even print under *nix - I only
        own a 1982'er Epson FX-80 needle printer.
        Is it supported, somehow, somewhere? (ghostscript?)
        Also the paper size (30.48x21 cm) is a problem.
  • by Adrian Voinea (216087) <adrianNO@SPAMgds.ro> on Sunday February 03, 2002 @06:06PM (#2947763) Homepage Journal
    There are a few mirrors of the GNUstep pages. Choose the one that is closest to you:
    Georgia, USA [403forbidden.net], France, Europe [sbuilders.com], Germany, Europe [peanuts.org].

    GNUstep is an attempt to provide an Object-Oriented application development framework and tool set for use on a wide variety of computer platforms. GNUstep is based on the original OpenStep specification provided by NeXT, Inc. (now Apple).

    GNUstep is written in Objective-C, the language from which the Signal/Slot concept of Qt was borrowed. Objective-C is basically standard C with one single syntax addition and a dozen or so additional keywords. That is all that is needed to implement an object system that is more powerful than that of that other language. In Objective-C all method calls are done via a mechanism that is similar to, but slighly more efficient than, the signal/slot mechanism of Qt. This has some interesting implications for the implementation of remote method invocation, on object serialization and some other things that are very hip in a Corba context.

    Like Nextstep, GNUstep has a record of technical excellence that even today is unmatched by any other object framework, and of abysmal PR performance (also unmatched :-). A current commercial implementation of the same API (same API, different code) is the foundation of MacOS X.
  • So? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward
    This story would be more informative if it included a project status report. Such as "Another year has passed and GNUStep is close to reaching 60% compatibility with OPENSTEP 4.0. Three Cheers to the 1 and half guys working on GNUStep every third weekend!"

    Not to discourage anyone, but GNUStep has to be the most seriously overhyped project in the open source world. It moves like a snail, and runs no applications and is based on a programming language that nobody wants to use and is generally useless. Even though OpenStep clawed it's way out of the grave, there's still only like 20 programmers that use it.

    Why not cover the interesting stuff where there's some development action -- VirtualDub or some of the other video stuff, for example.
    • Re:So? (Score:1, Interesting)

      by morbid (4258)
      Oh, I don't know. I'll be giving it a try since I want something more lightweight than GNOME or KDE and less band-wagon oriented (.NET/C++).
      I also fancy learning a bit of Objective-C.

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