Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 14th Feb 2009 12:55 UTC
Google A major complaint about Google's Chrome web browser has been that so far, it is still not available on anything other than Windows. Google promised to deliver Chrome to Mac OS X and Linux as well, but as it turns out, this is a little harder than they anticipated, Ben Goodger, Google's Chrome interface lead, has explained in an email. It has also been revealed what toolkit the Linux version of Chrome will use: Gtk+.
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RE[2]: Why not QT?
by segedunum on Sat 14th Feb 2009 14:56 UTC in reply to "RE: Why not QT?"
segedunum
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They didn't say that QT was bad... they said they wanted to use the native toolkit.

What native toolkit would this be, as Chrome by definition doesn't have one as a cross-platform application?

While it's not as clearcut as windows or mac os x, gtk/gnome has more users than qt/kde, so it makes sense to use that as "native".

While I won't debate the number of users thing (not really at issue here), it doesn't get away from the fact that porting a cross-platform application to specific native platforms, and have it work in the same way, is a world of hurt and pain we have already been through with Firefox and SWT on Linux.

You end up being a third class citizen behind the platforms and operating systems that have the most users ;-).

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