Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 20th Apr 2008 00:35 UTC, submitted by Moochman
Qt Nokia will introduce Qt to the maemo platform in addition to GTK+. The first actual step will be the distribution of the Qt libraries for application development in maemo.org during 4Q2008. Nokia wants to explore cross-platform possibilities between S60 and maemo. It is interesting also to check the interest in the developer community for Qt in the tablets. This is also a way to attract more attention from the KDE community, a sensible move especially if the Trolltech acquisition gets completed.
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RE[2]: Qt quandary
by Moochman on Mon 21st Apr 2008 02:14 UTC in reply to "RE: Qt quandary"
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Oh come now, arguing that one should *develop a new app* in GTK+ just because *existing apps* that use GTK+ are easier to use than Qt-based ones is no argument whatsoever.

That's like advising a musician to produce new music using just electric guitars and not keyboards or computers, because a larger percent of mainstream music involves electric guitars whereas a lot of music made with keyboards and computers is challenging to listen to.

But why should someone *comfortable and efficient when using keyboards and computers*, who is nonetheless going for a mainstream aesthetic, force himself to use just guitars?

Actually, the analogy is even more extreme than is the case with GTK+ vs Qt, because the difference in "user taste" when it comes to GTK+ vs Qt *purely in terms of widget aesthetics* is arguably less than the difference between a note produced on an electric guitar versus a keyboard.

The fact is, there is nothing stopping people from creating simple, easy to use GUIs with Qt. I think the main problem with Qt apps is that people are always trying to show off all they can do thanks to the fact that the architecture makes a lot of hard things trivial. Whereas GTK+ apps are limited by virtue of the fact that they actually can't do all that much without some serious effort put into them. Is it a design philosophy, or simply a side effect?

Anyway, with KDE 4 we're starting to see the marriage of good, simple UI design with the power of Qt. Thus proving how possible it really is.

Edited 2008-04-21 02:24 UTC

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