Wireshark-dev: Re: [Wireshark-dev] [Wireshark-commits] rev 24770: /trunk/packaging/ /trunk/pack
From: Andrew Hood <[email protected]>
Date: Sat, 05 Apr 2008 11:25:58 +1100
Gerald Combs wrote:
> [ I'm replying to -dev instead of Stephen directly since this warrants a more
> detailed and public explanation. ]
> We have indeed decided to drop GTK1 support*. The main reasons are:
>   - GTK1 has been unsupported by the GTK+ team for a long time now. The fact
>     that we've been able to use it up to this point (that is, GTK1 + GLib2)
>     has been due to random chance. That went away with recent GLib2 releases.
>   - Having to support GTK1 has been holding us back in a lot of areas, and
>     has added a lot of maintenance overhead. Dropping GTK1 means we can
>     modernize the column configuration, coloring rules dialog, and lots of
>     other things.
>   - Now that 1.0 is out, if someone needs GTK1 (e.g. Windows users forced to use
>     8-bit color), they have a supported version to fall back on.
>   - The GTK team is working on GTK+3. Our #ifdef situation is bad enough with
>     two versions of GTK. Three will just add to the pain.
> 8-bit color seems to be the only sticking point, in that it is possible that we
> could come out with Wireshark 1.2 or 2.0 before the issue is fixed in GTK2. I
> think this is vastly outweighed by the advantages of dropping GTK1.

Does this mean that those of us who have no choice but to run GTK1
versions because Remote Desktop can only be relied on to supply 8 bit
colour will stop getting security related fixes?

Or will the GTK people finally get off their backsides and fix it?

There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes.
                -- Dr. Who