[fpc-pascal] GetAppConfigDir but for temp data?

Graeme Geldenhuys graemeg.lists at gmail.com
Wed Dec 3 18:12:05 CET 2008

On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 6:56 PM, Mattias Gärtner
<nc-gaertnma at netcologne.de> wrote:
>> :-) Like I said, Linux has a long way to go for desktop friendly apps.
> desktop friendly <> mono culture

I don't understand?  What I meant by "dekstop friendly apps" is....
Take a simple example. Under Windows you are guaranteed that if you
want to show a user a readme.txt file, you can call notepad.exe and
the filename (yes I know you can do it in other ways too, but I did
say this example is simple.). Under linux, how do you know the users
favorite text editor? You can't assume 'gEdit', because they might run
KDE. Oh, you can't even assume 'kate' because they could be running
FVWM.  When writing desktop applications there are lots of such cases
under Linux.  That's why I welcome any standardization under Linux,
which desktop app developers can use. eg: xdg-open   but clearly xdg
is not on all distros.   :-(

I'm clearly not the only one thinking like this. That's also why Gnome
and KDE themes are more interchangable. You can run KDE apps under
Gnome, and they blend in quite nicely. Years ago, they didn't.

  - Graeme -

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