Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Mar 2009 16:48 UTC
GTK+ The GTK+ guys have released GTK+ 2.16. As always, this new release is source and binary compatible with the previous GTK+ release. In case you don't know: "GTK+ is a multi-platform toolkit for creating graphical user interfaces. Offering a complete set of widgets, GTK+ is suitable for projects ranging from small one-off tools to complete application suites."
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Overview?
by VistaUser on Mon 16th Mar 2009 21:04 UTC
VistaUser
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2008-03-08

There seems to be little excitement about this release, so a question: What are its major benefits apart from a step towards GTK3?

Does it ad new featuers that allow new things to be done? is it faster? Better integration with Windows?

Incremental updates of software are good, but I had expected there to be some enthusiasm at the release of such an important toolkit. Instead it took a few days for any site to report its release. Weird.

(btw, I am not complaining, just nonplussed.)

A further question, will the next Major release of GTK be GTK 3, or will there be like a GTK2.18 first?

Edited 2009-03-16 21:05 UTC

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RE: Overview?
by YEPHENAS on Mon 16th Mar 2009 21:41 UTC in reply to "Overview?"
YEPHENAS Member since:
2008-07-14

There seems to be little excitement about this release, so a question: What are its major benefits apart from a step towards GTK3?

This release has nothing to do with GTK+ 3.0. Development for GTK+ 3.0 takes place in different branches, for example:

http://live.gnome.org/GTK+/NewThemeApi/Hackfest/Branches

Does it ad new featuers that allow new things to be done? is it faster? Better integration with Windows?

It's linked in the article:

http://mail.gnome.org/archives/gtk-list/2009-March/msg00075.html

Section "What's new in GTK+ 2.16".

A further question, will the next Major release of GTK be GTK 3, or will there be like a GTK2.18 first?

Since there will be at least GNOME 2.26 (on wednesday) and GNOME 2.28 before GNOME 3.0 (AFAIK), I assume that there will be a GTK 2.18 release, too. (usually 6 months release cycle)

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Is the linked article still accurate?
by lemur2 on Tue 17th Mar 2009 03:37 UTC
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Member since:
2007-02-17

FTA:

GTK+ is free software and part of the GNU Project. However, the licensing terms for GTK+, the GNU LGPL, allow it to be used by all developers, including those developing proprietary software, without any license fees or royalties. GTK+ is the only 100% free-of-cost open source industrial-strength GUI toolkit available today.


Is that claim entirely correct? I have no qualms with the first sentence ... but isn't the latest release of Qt (Qt 4.5 and later, and also Qt Creator) also licensed under the LGPL license?

Did I read that wrong, or are the GTK+ authors trying to claim that Qt and Qt Creator somehow do not qualify as an "open source industrial-strength GUI toolkit"?

Obligatory supporting links:

http://dot.kde.org/2009/03/03/qt-software-releases-lgpled-qt-45-and...

http://www.allaboutsymbian.com/news/item/9076_Qt_45-Qt_Creator_and_...

Edited 2009-03-17 03:42 UTC

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Rahul Member since:
2005-07-06

Seems the text from older announcements are being re-used here. Just drop a mail to the GTK release engineer sending the announcement.

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