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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by antwarrior on Wed 18th Feb 2009 22:36 UTC
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Does consistency matter at all? Chrome does not need to be "consistent" in the way you mean. Besides most of the Google apps are not consistent on the windows platform toolkit-wise. Wait! The latest Office applications aren't consistent either and finally Linux users don't care about consistency ( unless you ask them of course :-) ) I guess the point I am trying to make is that you are right but you are right about something that (IMHO) isn't important to the user at all.

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