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GNUstep(7)		     GNUstep System Manual		    GNUstep(7)

NAME
       GNUstep - A free	implementation of the OpenStep standard

DESCRIPTION
       GNUstep	provides  an Object-Oriented application development framework
       and toolset for use on a	wide variety of	computer  platforms.   GNUstep
       is  based on the	original OpenStep specification	provided by NeXT, Inc.
       (now Apple).

       GNUstep is written in Objective-C, an object-oriented superset of the C
       programming  language, similar to SmallTalk. However there exist	a num-
       ber of brigdes and interfaces to	develop	GNUstep	programs  using	 other
       languages like JAVA or Ruby.

       The  GNUstep  core  system  consists  of	the following parts, which are
       jointly refered to as gnustep-core :

       gnustep-make
	      A	set of scripts and makefiles that heavily  ease	 the  creation
	      and maintenance of software projects.

       gnustep-base
	      The  FoundationKit  libraries for	non-GUI	tools providing	every-
	      thing from string	and array classes, filemanager classes to dis-
	      tributed objects.

       gnustep-gui
	      The  ApplicationKit  containing  widgets,	 workspace classes and
	      means for	applications to	interact with the user.	 This  is  the
	      frontend of GNUstep's GUI	part.

       gnustep-back
	      This  is the backend of GNUstep's	GUI part which does the	actual
	      rendering	and  event  handling.  It  acts	 as  a	layer  between
	      gnustep-gui and the operating/drawing system. Backends exist for
	      X11 (one using cairo, one	using libart, one using	xlib  drawing)
	      and win32.

       Apart  from  the	 above,	 there exist a number of addon libraries, like
       Renaissance which allows	developers to specify  an  application's  user
       interface  in  xml.  For	 database  access, there is GDL2 - the GNUstep
       Database	Library. Please	refer to the GNUstep website for more informa-
       tion.

       GNUstep	per default is self-contained. That means that all GNUstep ap-
       plications, tools, libraries and	add-ons	are installed into the GNUstep
       directory hierarchy. However as of gnustep-make-2.0.0 it	is also	possi-
       ble to install everything in compliance with other  filesystem  hierar-
       chies.  See  the	 FilesystemLayouts  directory in the source package of
       gnustep-make for	more information.

       There are four domains which are	searched for files: the	System domain,
       which should only contain the core system files,	the Local domain which
       stores all that has later been installed	on the system, the Network do-
       main  which should be used for importing	data from a remote system, and
       the User	domain which resides in	 the  user's  home  directory  (mostly
       ~/GNUstep).

       A  complete  description	 of the	default	GNUstep	layout can be found in
       the filesystem.pdf.

   TOOLS AND APPLICATIONS
       In the world of GNUstep the term	tool refers to command	line  programs
       whereas	applications are fully fledged GUI programs.  Naturally, tools
       reside in the domains' Tools folder, applications can be	found  in  the
       domains'	Applications folder.

       Applications  are either	launched using the openapp command or from the
       Workspace.

   SERVICES
       In GNUstep applications globally	offer functionality to other  applica-
       tions  through services.	 They can be reached through the Services menu
       entry in	an application's main menu. Apart from services	offered	by ap-
       plications, there may be	programs whose sole purpose is the offering of
       services. They can be found in the domains' Libary/Services folders.

       The make_services tool makes sure the services are known	to  other  ap-
       plications when a application is	newly installed.

   BUNDLES
       A  bundle is a collection of resources making up	a discrete package for
       use. There are currently	three types of bundles:	 applications,	frame-
       works and loadable bundles.

       A loadable bundle is a kind of plug-in. There are two types of loadable
       bundles,	namely plug-ins	and palettes. The plug-in is noramlly  refered
       to  as a	bundle,	which can make it a bit	confusing. A plug-in is	a bun-
       dle that	can be loaded by an application	to  provide  additional	 func-
       tionality,  while  a  palette  is  a  plug-in  for  GORM, the interface
       builder.	A palette is used to extend GORM with custom UI	objects.  Pal-
       ettes have a .palette extension.

   THE WORKSPACE
       The  central  place of the user interface is the	Workspace or Workspace
       Manager which acts as an	interface between the user and	parts  of  the
       system  like files, processes, etc. The GWorkspace application provides
       this functionality in GNUstep. See the GWorkspace website for more  de-
       tails.

   DEVELOPER APPLICATIONS
       What  would  a  development  environment	be without the applications to
       create applications? The	applications provided by GNUstep for Rapid Ap-
       plication Development are:

       GORM   GORM  is the interface modeler. With GORM	you can	quickly	create
	      the graphical interface of your application.

       Project Center
	      Project Center is	the program where you can  develop  your  pro-
	      gram.  It	 offers	 you  automatic	 generation  of	GNUmakefiles ,
	      project maintenance and of course	a code editor.

SEE ALSO
       gcc(1), gdnc(1),	gdomap(8), gopen(1), gpbs(1), make(1), openapp(1)

       GNUstep Websites:

       http://www.gnustep.org/
	      Official GNUstep website

       http://wiki.gnustep.org/
	      GNUstep Wiki (lots of useful information)

       http://savannah.gnu.org/projects/gnustep/
	      GNUstep Project Page

       http://gnustep.made-it.com/
	      GNUstep Documentation Library

       http://www.collaboration-world.com
	      Collaboration World, the home of GNUmail

       http://www.gnustep.it/
	      The home of GWorkspace, JIGS, Renaissance	and programming	 tuto-
	      rials.

       Mailinglists

       http://www.gnustep.org/information/gethelp.html
	      Mailing lists and	mailing	list archives.

       IRC

       #GNUstep	on FreeNode
	      You  are	invited	 to  join the #GNUstep IRC channel on FreeNode
	      (irc.freenode.net).

HISTORY
       GNUstep was at first a collaboration of two  projects  that  wanted  to
       create  a single	GNUstep	project	that complied to the OpenStep specifi-
       cation provided by NeXT Computer, Inc. and SunSoft, Inc.	Development of
       this joint effort started around	1993-1994. For a more detailed history
       description see the GNUstep Documentation Library referenced in the SEE
       ALSO section.

       GNUstep is developed and	maintained by a	large number of	people.	Please
       see <http://www.gnustep.org/developers/whoiswho.html> for a list.

AUTHORS
       This man-page was first written by Martin Brecher <martin@mb-itconsult-
       ing.com>	in august of 2003.

       In  December  2007 it was expanded by Dennis Leeuw <dleeuw@made-it.com>
       and made	to comply with the gnustep-make-2.0.x releases.

gnustep-core			  15/12/2007			    GNUstep(7)

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