On Thu, Apr 9, 2020 at 2:48 pm, Michael Catanzaro <mcatanz...@gnome.org> wrote:
Sometimes distros make exceptions (e.g. for WebKitGTK, which is special due to very high number of CVEs), but ICU does not warrant an exception. There are probably hundreds of applications using ICU in distros, if not more. Who knows what might break!

Also, sadly ICU does not maintain a stable API or ABI. So every application and library using ICU would need to be rebuilt and updated at the same time. Then the update would break any custom software that users have using the system ICU. Such an update would go badly... probably would wind up in tech news once people notice the breakage.

WebKitGTK can be updated because we maintain stable API/ABI.

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