Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Mar 2009 18:43 UTC, submitted by elsewhere
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Any discussion about GNOME vs. KDE is sure to end in tears. It's basically impossible to discuss which of these two Free desktop environments is better than the other, mostly because they cater to different types of people, with different needs and expectatotions. As such, Bruce Byfield decided to look at the two platforms from a different perspective: if we consider their developmental processes, which of the two is most likely to be more successful in the coming years?
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RE[3]: I don't think so
by elsewhere on Wed 1st Apr 2009 04:43 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I don't think so"
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Especially for a developer, why should I choose a framework which limits my application to essentially only one desktop (see my comments earlier).


Perhaps, as a "developer", you'd like your application to run on more than one platform.

When all else fails, it's easy to try and connect a line between frameworks and the miserably overused concept of "bloat". This is a popular argument from people that aren't actually developers. But the point of a framework is to make a developer's job easier. That's the sort of thing that will ultimately lead to better applications.

KDE4 apps are portable to Windows and OSX, much in thanks to the cross-platform nature of Qt, and the frameworks in KDE that abstract platform-dependent features. Gnome apps are portable to Windows and OSX as well, but the linux-support layer they will require to run will really underscore your point about questioning why developers would want to develop for "essentially only one desktop".

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