Evince imported to OE


Evince is a nice PDF viewer. OpenEmbedded does have it, however, it is for gtk3, whereas my build is gtk2 only.

So, I imported the last version of Evince that supports gtk2, 2.32.0, with patches that "bring it up to date". This is the same Evince that I have been using in Quirky for awhile.

Source and patches are here:
http://distro.ibiblio.org/quirky/quirky6/sources/alphabetical/e/

I timed myself this time, it took one hour and five minutes to import Evince. Some of them take longer. I am only doing a few per day, so it is going to take awhile.

It is good that I am still able to build a complete distro with gtk2-based apps. Major projects such as seamonkey and libreoffice continue to support gtk2. There are a few "lesser projects" that have abandoned gtk2, such as evince and osmo, however, I am happy with older versions with patches applied.

I think that they made a mistake abandoning support for gtk2!
Mostly because it is a stable API, though I suspect sometimes developers do a bit more to it than they should -- it should just be maintenance patches. Compatible theming between gtk2 and qt is another big factor for me.

There is some interesting reading on this topic, gtk2 versus gtk3:
https://pipedot.org/story/2014-07-09/the-future-of-gtk
And about Audacious returning to gtk2:
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTcyODA


Comments:

More imports to OE   Posted on 10 Jun 2017, 21:30 by admin
Turns out that there is a lot more than a dozen packages that need to be imported to OE.

Have imported these:
fpm2
gccmakedep
gcolorsel
gdmap
gfontsel
ghasher
gif2lss
gifsicle
glipper-lite