12 Sep 2005 DV   » (Master)

Never wake up Murthy ...

... with statements like "the last release is looking good". In the meantine 2 serious bug were found plus a complete blocker, expat headers exports XML_FEATURE_UNICODE which was added to libxml2-2.6.21 API too :-( , as a result mod_php fail to build, and I need to scratch libxml2-2.6.21 API and just released libxml2-2.6.22, sigh ...

However the Gnomers may appreciate the fact that libxml2-2.6.22 adds libxml2 API in devhelp, I will add libxslt too before the next release, based on on existsing libxml2-api.xml, 729 lines of XSLT and a bit of makefile and rpm spec glue.

Standards and politics

Christian, freedesktop.org has not much in common with standard bodies like ISO, W3C or IETF, in fd.o you may find a person annoying at times but you never get the same kind of politics games I have seen in the other ones. It is really nice to stay innocent and argue purely on technical matters and to just get the Right Thing done. Sometimes that's sufficient, but it's not very common, there is always interests, prior deployements, keeping the edge in a competition oriented world. Standardization can help bring awareness, interoperability, drive price down insanely, or it can fail too for a variety of reason, either because people don't want to negociate, because the trade-off between every existant player end up defining something hideous and unstable, or simply because it arrives too late and the market has standardized de facto on something else. Always keep in mind what your goals are, going though a standard process can be a very long and tedious work, sometimes it is worth it anyway :-)

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