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Useless cross-reference[edit]

"See also: Ubuntu". Eh? ncurses has nothing to do with Ubuntu beyond being one of its components, in the same way as it's a component of hundreds of other GNU/Linux distributions. (I'm an Ubuntu developer.) I'll revert this if it isn't explained. --Colin Watson 23:58, 26 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Reverted, let me know if I'm insane. :-) --Colin Watson 11:22, 28 Jan 2005 (UTC)
I'm not a qualified mental health practitioner, so of course I can't answer that question, but you're quite correct on this point ;-) --David Gerard 08:58, 1 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Capitalization?[edit]

Does anyone know what the proper capitalization is for ncurses/Ncurses? When I first saw this page, the all lower-case seemed more probable and UNIX-ish, but the official page isn't consistent. Really a trivial issue, was just curious. --A brisson 18:44, 23 February 2006 (UTC)

I think it is pretty much agreed in most areas that ncurses is the correct capitalization. I think I saw nCurses once, but that was only once. ^^;;

--Emry 14:55, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

Why a permissive licence?[edit]

Does have a link which explains why ncurses was released under a permissive licence insead of the GPL or LGPL? I can take a good guess, but getting it from Stallman would be better. Anyone? Gronky 07:06, 8 March 2007 (UTC)

Right here, from its project manager: [1] [2]. - PGSONIC 00:14, 25 July 2007 (UTC)

system bias[edit]

wasn't the first paragraph supposed to give a general iudea of the subject for users not familiar with the subject. cause I don't get a single word 354d 23:41, 2 August 2007 (UTC)

Windows[edit]

Is there any program to install Ncurses in Windows ?. --Mac (talk) 14:17, 7 March 2008 (UTC) Found: http://gnuwin32.sourceforge.net/packages/ncurses.htm —Preceding unsigned comment added by Mac (talkcontribs) 14:17, 7 March 2008 (UTC)

date[edit]

There was a short part in curses that I moved here about the date of the start of the project. May be cruft. -- Aronzak (talk) 08:06, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

I had it in curses (programming library) since pcurses is the basis for more than one implementation (including the "original" SunOS curses library - you can see some of the comments in the code on OpenSolaris.org). Either way, it's relevant... Tedickey (talk) 11:02, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

use of inaccurate sources[edit]

Recent edit added an external link to a low-value article. There are three parts:

  • the factual information is already in Wikipedia, using better sources,
  • it has more than one inaccuracy, and
  • it has some screenshots.

The editor who added the link appears only interested in the last part (though comparable screenshots are available from other sources, including Wikipedia). Some of the inaccuracies:

  • screen uses termcap, not terminfo and in particular does not use any ncurses-specific feature
  • Midnight Commander is more often associated with s-lang than ncurses (in contrast to mutt)
  • w3m is another termcap application, though its bizarre use of the GPM interface actually makes it anti-ncurses
  • the article's comments about menuconfig are second-hand (the author's range of experience doesn't go back that far in time).
  • the comment about yast also is second-hand (it's not a mode, but a separate executable)

Tedickey (talk) 00:50, 27 January 2010 (UTC)

Ed Carp[edit]

Anon-IP is promoting Ed Carp. I found no WP:RS to support the statements given ("full color support" by the way is advertising unless supported by multiple independent reliable sources). Googling finds that Ed Carp expressed an intention to produce a curses library, but finds nothing to indicate that the intention was carried out, nor did anyone notice. He was mentioned (along with about 20 other people) in a "thanks" section in an early version of ncurses, but even that was trimmed to eliminate non-substantial contributions in the mid-1990s. He is not mentioned in ncurses past that point; there is no apparent reason to promote Ed Carp when there are more than two hundred substantial contributors (see [NEWS]) to consider. TEDickey (talk) 10:10, 19 October 2012 (UTC)

It was widely known in the user community at the time of the curses work done by me, and lack of attribution is in no way "vandalism" or any less valid. There are many assertions in the curses and ncurses wiki pages that are not attributed, but are allowed to exist.

12.176.206.100 (talk) 16:12, 27 October 2012 (UTC) Ed Carp (erc@pobox.com)

As I already noted, there are no reliable sources, or you would have provided one or more. TEDickey (talk) 16:44, 27 October 2012 (UTC)