In response to Thomas Dickey <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>:

> On Fri, Jun 08, 2007 at 03:34:38PM -0400, Bill Moran wrote:
> > > I am not totally convinced. If one small package is updated that is
> > > depended on by 10 other package that in turn are depended on by a like
> > > number of other packages, what has been really gained by breaking
> > > everything into small bits? They may be easier to maintain; however
> > > the impact on updating the system seems like it would be minimal.
> > 
> > No.  As long as the communication interface between modules (whether
> > it be an API or something else) doesn't change, it's perfectly possible
> > to update a single module without updating anything else.
> "as long as" is an assumption which I haven't seen any evidence that 
> xorg developers are willing to warrant.
> fwiw, they changed interface in the Xaw library a couple of years ago,
> which required some a change to xterm.
> Absent any evidence that they're going to maintain stable interfaces,
> this is just an assumption.

Nay!  Your dark thoughts and negative vibes will not deter my boundless
optimism!  I have faith that the xorg developers will prevail in their
effort to create stable, consistent interfaces between modules!

It's not an assumption, its OPTIMISM!

Bill Moran
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