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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What annoys me about Gnome...
by ggeldenhuys on Mon 16th Feb 2009 14:51 UTC
ggeldenhuys
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2006-11-13

Gnome developers must think users are really dumb! Make no mistake, I am a Gnome user and I use Ubuntu as my daily development machine. But I still get annoyed by this.

Take a simple example: The screensaver in Gnome. You can select which screensaver you want, but you cannot configure the screensaver say to select which picture folder to use???!!! That is NOT an advanced option! Gnome users are not as useless as the Gnome developers make them out to be. It's things like this that will drive me and others to switching to KDE base apps.

As for non-consistency between KDE and Gnome. That is purely due to Linux not having any standards when it comes to GUI applications. Every GUI toolkit vends for itself and users have to suffer. That's just life under Linux. Until organizations like FreeDesktop.org etc can prescribe some GUI standards and toolkit developers start implementing, only then will things start to improve!

In the mean time OS's like Windows and Mac that only have one GUI toolkit will be miles ahead in this regard!

Edited 2009-02-16 14:53 UTC

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