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Re: tcl 8.5 alpha in fedora 7?



Quoting Kevin Kofler <kevin kofler chello at>:

> Jean-Luc Fontaine <jfontain <at> free.fr> writes:
> > Well, then there's gonna be a big problem with blt (now in extras, a
> > graphical library) which is far from ready to compile against tcl-8.5,
>
> So fix it. :-) Fedora moves fast, so maintainers sometimes have to patch
> upstream packages for new libraries they're not ready for. Also note that the
> Tcl 8.5 alphas have been out for more than a year.
>
> > I wonder what justifies releasing such alpha software ?
>
> Anti-aliasing support! Yes, Tcl finally supports Xft instead of using the
> obsolete, non-anti-aliased core fonts system. (It took them way too long.)
>
> Frankly, Tcl/Tk is one of the slowest-moving libraries in the world, this
> transition is one that will happen once in a few YEARS, and I don't think
> there
> will be a lot to change (though I might be wrong). You can be glad your
> packages don't depend on something like libtunepimp which changes its API
> radically every few months.

Furthermore, from the Tcl developers at
http://www.tcl.tk/software/tcltk/8.5.html:

Latest Release: Tcl/Tk 8.5a5 (Oct 20, 2006)
...
This version is still in development; most users should be using the latest
stable version of Tcl/Tk.

--
JL


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