Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Jun 2008 08:14 UTC
Gnome The KDE project saw the writing on the wall. They saw that they had reached a certain limit when it came to what could be done with the KDE 3.x series - they named it the "big friggin' wall", and decided that in order to get over that wall, incremental updates wouldn't do - they needed massive changes, a big jump, and they went for it. It's been a rough road, but it seems as if KDE 4.1 is showing signs of the vision becoming a reality. And it now seems as if several people within the GNOME community are seeing the writing on the wall too: GNOME 2.x has reached its goal - now what?
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Coral Snake
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2005-07-07

The problem with radically improving GTK+ is that it is really NOT GNOME's library. It was originally (and still is) the GUI library for the GIMP graphics application and that app has priority over GNOME where GTK+ development is concerned.

My Answer to this problem therefore would be to build GMOME 3 on another LGPL library if GNOME wants to keep
to a F/OSS + Prporietary closed source ecosystem.

Possibilities might be the X-11 only version of wxWidgets or FLTK 2. (Both of these libraries use their own widget set ala QT rather than GTK+ but still have GTK+'s LGPL status but in an even more liberal form that allows static linking in proprietary software.)

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