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KDE & GNOME cross-desktop development

Aug 16, 2010, 23:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kunal Deo)

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"Running applications in different desktops is the easy part. Most of the applications are already cross-compatible with both KDE and GNOME as long as the required libraries are available. The real problem arises when you want to integrate the desktop aspects of your application. Desktop aspects include desktop menus, application menu, MIME type association, etc.

"For example, GNOME uses a different location to KDE for storing the application launcher menu item. Fortunately, you can take care of this yourself, thanks to the Portland Project. Portland is a joint OSDL/ initiative to provide developers with stable APIs for desktop Linux and other free desktop platforms."

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