Re: 3d engine
Of course, Nathan is right in saying that code is required for an API to do something.
What do you define as an "engine"? The definitions that I infer from what is written would
imply that any significant code is an engine. App_server, I think, could be called an "engine".
To say that we should have no "engines" would imply that the OS does nothing, literally.
What to include and not include is almost a philosophical question.
Certainly, no one would argue that we should not include the kernel. After that, I think that
few people will agree on what an "optimal" package would include. Most people want
networking. Most people want a GUI. Most people want printing. That stuff is all pretty simple.
Every OS out there includes those things. But what about gaming APIs? On a pure business machine,
they may well be wasted. Or ODBC, on a gamer's machine. Or MIDI on a kiosk?
The way that I (personally) see it, the "cost" of including the package should be outweighed by its
usefulness. Most people will use networking. So the fact that it takes up (with all of the tools and all)
N megabytes of the install are worthwhile. If we did not include networking, a majority of people would
need to install it. On one side of the equation (the DON'T include side), you have size of the package,
CPU cycles when unused and making the package bigger. On the other side (the DO include side) you have
convenience, utility out of the box, the ability for standardization and increasing the popularity of the API.
So, generally, I would think that packages that are fairly small, fairly good quality and fairly useful should
be installed by default. The bigger, the more unstable, and the more obscure, the less likely that they should
>In my dictionnary (ok, ok ... we can go far with that I think a game
>engine is too specialized for a "basic" OS package. We have to concentrate
>on more generic services that can be used for. Like DirectX is a generic API
>for games development, but not an engine itself.
>But if we plan for a huge packaging (like Linux distros), sure we can bundle
>anything else, including this engine...