Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 14th Feb 2009 12:55 UTC
Google A major complaint about Google's Chrome web browser has been that so far, it is still not available on anything other than Windows. Google promised to deliver Chrome to Mac OS X and Linux as well, but as it turns out, this is a little harder than they anticipated, Ben Goodger, Google's Chrome interface lead, has explained in an email. It has also been revealed what toolkit the Linux version of Chrome will use: Gtk+.
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RE: Yes!
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 14th Feb 2009 15:37 UTC in reply to "Yes!"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

I'm probably in the minority here, but I'm certainly pleased with their decision to use GTK+ over QT at this point


Same here. I prefer GNOME, and use only Gtk+ applications because I don't like my stuff looking out of place. This has nothing to do with which is the better toolkit - in all honesty, I don't give a rat's bum about toolkits. I want what looks and works the best, and using a strictly Gtk+ desktop, I'm happy Google chose Gtk+.

Purely selfish, yes.

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RE[2]: Yes!
by SlackerJack on Sat 14th Feb 2009 16:47 in reply to "RE: Yes!"
SlackerJack Member since:
2005-11-12

Out of place?

Well lets look at that, GTK+ doesn't or hasn't attempted a Qt theme that integrates with KDE/Qt apps by default(some third party GTK+ theme it is).

Qt4.x actually comes with a GTK+ clearlooks looking theme. It's funny how people blame KDE for their GTK+ apps looking out of place and fail to notice Qt has this theme to fix the issue.

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RE[3]: Yes!
by jaebird on Sat 14th Feb 2009 20:20 in reply to "RE[2]: Yes!"
jaebird Member since:
2006-09-27

Says the guy who uses a Gimp avatar ;)

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RE[3]: Yes!
by Michael on Sat 14th Feb 2009 21:22 in reply to "RE[2]: Yes!"
Michael Member since:
2005-07-01

I'd say it's really the job of the operating system distributor to ensure that all the GUI toolkits provided by the OS have a consistent look. Seeing as there are only really two toolkits that are widely used, that shouldn't present too much of a challenge.

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RE[3]: Yes!
by dnas.dnas on Sat 14th Feb 2009 21:51 in reply to "RE[2]: Yes!"
dnas.dnas Member since:
2006-05-27

Another thing to add to that point: Qt 4.5 will come with QGtkStyle which directly calls into GTK+ to handle the drawing (which involves quite a few hoops to jump through. GTK+'s drawing API is awful). For older Qt, you can compile it separately with some fiddling. It does its job incredibly well. Native GTK+ file dialogs, the widgets look right, etc.

There is an equivalent for GTK+, but it's hacked together by one guy, unstable, and rather badly lacking in areas, whereas QGtkStyle is officially maintained by Trolltech.

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RE[2]: Yes!
by segedunum on Sat 14th Feb 2009 22:21 in reply to "RE: Yes!"
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

I prefer GNOME, and use only Gtk+ applications because I don't like my stuff looking out of place.

I sincerely hope you're happy with all three of them. With one button on each.

This has nothing to do with which is the better toolkit - in all honesty, I don't give a rat's bum about toolkits.

Which application do you like and feel works better - Firefox on Windows or Firefox on Linux?

Do you believe that having used Firefox on Windows that a user is going to be happy with Firefox on Linux and stay put? ;-)

I want what looks and works the best, and using a strictly Gtk+ desktop, I'm happy Google chose Gtk+

Well, hold on. Google haven't told us how they're actually going to get Chrome distributed and installed on your desktop yet. That might be even more fun ;-).

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RE[3]: Yes!
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 14th Feb 2009 22:37 in reply to "RE[2]: Yes!"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Which application do you like and feel works better - Firefox on Windows or Firefox on Linux?


The words "firefox" and "better" need to be at least ten sentences apart

I have an absolute dislike for Firefox, whether it be on Windows, Linux, or the moon. Like Opera, and IE too now, it tries to be too much. A browser is a tool to show web pages. That's it. I don't need awesome bars. I don't need plugin frameworks. I don't need integrated RSS. I don't need themeing.

I am very peculiar when it comes to browsers. The features coming in Chrome 2 have me worried that Chrome too inevitably will move towards Firefox/Opera/IE.

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RE[3]: Yes!
by TLZ_ on Sun 15th Feb 2009 09:11 in reply to "RE[2]: Yes!"
TLZ_ Member since:
2007-02-05

I think Linux works really well on both actually.

A bit too bad that Firefox can't keep it's keyhole-branding (it's practically their GUI trademark now) on Linux, but I guess that would be difficult on GTK.

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RE[2]: Yes!
by ardor on Sun 15th Feb 2009 12:04 in reply to "RE: Yes!"
ardor Member since:
2009-02-15

I have good news for you then. Qt 4.5 will introduce a "GtkStyle", which will actually use Gtk internally, so all your Qt4-using apps will blend in with GNOME.

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