Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Nov 2012 20:54 UTC, submitted by Elv13
Gnome "Theme development is a tedious and difficult task, and for the GTK devs to be so careless in breaking their API at every turn disrespects the many hours people put into making themes for it. [...] I was given to believe that this breakage stems from a Microsoft-like climate of preventing users from customizing their systems, and deliberately breaking the work of others so that your 'brand' is the best. Anytime I hear the word 'brand' being used in Linux, I know something valuable is being poisoned." I find the tone of this one a bit too harsh and overly negative at times, but his point still stands.
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RE[3]: Why not use Qt?
by ssokolow on Thu 8th Nov 2012 23:18 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Why not use Qt?"
ssokolow
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I was mostly referring to the development of new applications, to be honest.
gtk seems much more developer-hostile, but most Linux applications seem to use it.


Maybe I'm just not using it right, but, last time I tried PyQt, I found PyGTK to generally be more comfortable. (Not to mention more favorably licensed and with a more sane reaction to receiving Ctrl+C)

Also, I've started playing around with Vala and it seems to be harder to shoot yourself in the foot with it than C++.

(If you're not familiar with it, it's a language that tries to layer a more Java/C#-style syntax on top of GObject and compiles to pure C. It's also been designed to be more friendly to being called by pure C code than C++.)

I am yet to find a file manager and terminal that I like more than dolphin and konsole. It's just a shame that kde itself is not as nice as unity.
KDE telepathy is moving towards being a good chat client, but for now, the best option is still pidgin, unfortunately.


Ever since Yakuake's KDE4 port made it too heavy, I've grown quite attached to my urxvt setup. (I use the bundled "kuake" plugin with GNU screen for tabs)

As for Dolphin, I find it a GNOME-reminiscent step backward from Konqueror 3 in various respects. As for PCManFM, the only things I've seen Dolphin do better are the filter bar and the split/unsplit toggle button... and the former is currently the new feature in development for PCManFM.

I actually think Plasma+Kwin is nicer than Unity+Compiz... but heavier than LXPanel+Openbox and I can't find where that Plasma equivalent to the (non-negotiable) LXPanel "Directory Menu" widget went since I last used it in KDE 4.4 or 4.5.

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