Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Jun 2008 23:18 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones I've seen superlative after superlative concerning the release of Firefox 3.0, and in all honesty, it is making my stomach ache. Yes, Firefox 3.0 is a great release. It has a slicker interface (the UI on Vista looks quite pretty) and the use of native widgets in Linux is a very, very welcome addition. On top of that, it actually delivers what I was craving for the most from my favourite Windows web browser: much improved performance. But does Firefox 3.0 change the web, or alter the way we use the intertubes?
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Firefox' philosophy is more "GNOME-ish"
by TLZ_ on Sun 22nd Jun 2008 09:12 UTC in reply to "linux has more than one GUI"
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I think the reason Firefox choose to support GTK as native toolkit is because Firefox as a browser has a philosophy that more GNOME-like. (Keep it simple, and have more advanced extra functionality in plugins/extensions instead of built-in.) Not in the extreme degree that Epiphany does(it does very little out of the box) though.

I think Opera is a lot closer to the KDE-philosophy. It has tons of stuff out-of-the-box. And of course: also uses the Qt-toolkit. With the exception of being open source... =/

Personally I don't think KDE-people should complain too much about lacking stuff in their own toolkit, *alot* of commercial stuff is written in Qt. (Quite simple because Qt is probably a hell lot more effective to program in than GTK. Qt is more RAD-oriented, and it also have (good, no running in X11 or non-native widgets) mac support.) Skype for instance. (And Google Earth if my memory serves me right.)

In addition: how many DE uses Qt except KDE itself? (Correct me if I'm ignorant here!) Not alot fo my knowledge, but XFCE for instances uses GTK, and whenever I see a *box screenshot they're usually running GTK-apps.

That being said, Firefox is open source. Nothing's stopping anyone from creating a theme/extension/modification/whatever-it-takes to make Firefox have native KDE-widgets. That's the beauty of OSS. ;)

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