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: Seriously?
by WereCatf on Tue 17th Feb 2009 02:04 UTC in reply to "Seriously?"
WereCatf
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Is it really that hard for people to deal with more than one toolkit? When a dialogue box pops of with a different button order, do you instantly go into a state of shock and start drooling all over your keyboard?

This Qt vs GTK / KDE vs Gnome is getting RETARDED.

I can understand if there are interoperability issues, but it's as if fans of one toolkit view the other as kryptonite that saps all their geeky computer powers away from them.


You miss the point by a mile or few. As the article itself says, it doesn't matter which toolkit is in use as long as all the applications look and feel consistent.

I for one am not specifically a fan of either GTK+ or Qt. GTK+ has several flaws I don't like, and I have absolutely no Qt programming experience, so neither of them are the perfect choice for me. But it's the look and feel of all the applications on my desktop that makes or breaks which apps get to stay on my computer. Qt apps on a GNOME desktop just feel out of place just as much as GTK+ apps feel out of place on a KDE desktop. The reason why I use GNOME as my desktop is because there are no Qt equivalents of all the apps I use, but there are GTK+ equivalents of all the Qt apps I'd use. It's not because I like one toolkit over the other.

By the way.. I suggest you read the article next time and think about it a bit more. This article isn't even specifically targetting GTK+ versus Qt, it could just as well be any other toolkits/desktop environments. The point is that many people dislike inconsistency, nothing else.

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