Full Article Attached Mozilla Looking to Forge Alliances with GNOME and Other Open Source Projects to Combat Longhorn

Tuesday April 6th, 2004

jgraham writes: "Brendan Eich has written an interesting post to the netscape.public.mozilla.seamonkey newsgroup outlining some of the plans being made to ensure that Mozilla technology remains useful and relevant in the future. Brendan sees Mozilla developing into an open cross-platform alternative to forthcoming Microsoft technologies such as XAML and is looking to collaborate with other open-source projects to make this happen." The GNOME project is mentioned explicitly. Brendan's message is part of a longer thread about the goals of

#51 Re: Re: Re: Re: gnome registry

by Yama

Wednesday April 7th, 2004 6:50 PM

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> The correct question is not 'does Gnome have a (windows-style) registry?' but 'does the Gnome config system have any of the problems the windows registry has and where were the tradeoffs in the design?'.

The word 'registry' on its own simply means 'a centralised place to store data in a consistent and organised fashion'. With such a broad definition, implementations can take all forms of shapes and sizes, ranging from a simple text file (e.g. prefs.js in Mozilla) to a full-blown binary database (like Windows). The GNOME gconf system lies somewhere in between. It is a set of XML files (i.e. they are in plain text and can be read/modified in a text editor), organised hierarchically on the file system. It is very flexible, and it does NOT suffer from many of the weaknesses of the Windows Registry.