Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Feb 2009 14:07 UTC
Editorial Late last week we ran a story on how the Google Chrome team had decided to use Gtk+ as the graphical toolkit for the Linux version of the Chrome web browser. It was a story that caused some serious debate on a variety of aspects, but in this short editorial, I want to focus on one aspect that came forward: the longing for consistency. Several people in the thread stated they were happy with Google's choice for purely selfish reasons: they use only Gtk+ applications on their GNOME desktops. Several people chimed in to say that Qt integrates nicely in a Gtk+ environment. While that may be true from a graphical point of view, that really isn't my problem with mixing toolkits. The issue goes a lot deeper than that.
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RE: Comment by Darkmage
by dagw on Mon 16th Feb 2009 14:43 UTC in reply to "Comment by Darkmage"
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If you want desktop consistency get Etoil'e/gnustep

Of course you'll very quickly run into a situation where you need to do something which cannot be done with any of the available gnustep apps. Then you're left with the choice of writing your own gnustep app, not doing what you where trying to do or accepting a foreign app on your desktop. The first two options won't appleal to most people, and with the third you've all of a sudden lost your consistency.

So as much as I like what Etoile is doing it's hardly a viable solution to the consistency problem.

All the apps have that horizontal menubar, and they're all designed to look/work like mac apps

The apps on my etoile don't look or work much like mac apps, they look like NeXTStep apps. Is there some sort of mac skin or something available?

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