[openbox] An idea for program name.

Marius Nita marius at cs.pdx.edu
Thu Aug 7 01:57:44 EDT 2003

On Wed, Aug 06, 2003 at 11:56:24PM -0400, Chandler Carruth wrote:
> As openbox 3 is a completely new window manager, which you cannot simply
> "upgrade" to from openbox 2, could the program be called "openbox3" to
> allow for the easy co-existance of both versions? similarly, might the
> various OB3 directories be named "openbox3" to allow neat seperation of
> the data for the two fairly distinct window managers. I know that this
> would make life easier on me in doing two things:
> one, I would like to test OB3 without shutting down my OB2 X session and
> get it configured and working smoothly before switching to it in my main
> X session.
> two, I would like to write a "ebuild" for it for Gentoo Linux so that I
> can install it as part of my system, and maintain its version through
> that means. I would then also submit the ebuild so that other Gentoo
> users could download it, and install OB3 quickly and easily. However,
> that will not readily happen as long as it would replace OB2, and not
> smoothly co-exist.
> several other large projects have taken this approach to manage large
> version shifts without conflict. it, or something like it that
> accomplishes the same tasks, would be a welcome aspect to Openbox 3.

i dunno... you can think of ob3 as a huge upgrade to ob2, so huge that
it's a completely different wm. i can understand why a project like
gtk has to encode version numbers in its installation directories and
dot-files, because so many applications depend on it, and they need a
smooth upgrade path. but openbox is a wm. you can't run the two
versions simultaneously, and you don't want openbox1, openbox2 and
openbox3 coexisting on a machine. if you install the ob2 package, ob3
will be uninstalled. etc.

i can understand why you would want this, but we are also trying to
move away from openbox2, which we have put a lid on and has numerous
outstanding operational issues that have been fixed in version 3.


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