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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OBVIOUS CHOICE
by bandido55 on Sat 14th Feb 2009 16:44 UTC
bandido55
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2006-10-02

To me the reason for using GTK+ is obvious. If they had chosen QT, KDE would have not dumped Konqueror as their default browser anyway. On the other hand, using GTK+, GNOME most certainly will dump their default browser (Epiphany?) allowing them to get higher penetration in the Linux market. Don't forget that Firefox is NOT the GNOME default browser because it doesn't use the GTK toolkit. If Chrome becomes the default browser in GNOME there is a good chance Distros will ship it instead of Firefox or in addition to Firefox.

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RE: OBVIOUS CHOICE
by YEPHENAS on Sat 14th Feb 2009 16:53 in reply to "OBVIOUS CHOICE"
YEPHENAS Member since:
2008-07-14

If they had chosen QT, KDE would have not dumped Konqueror as their default browser anyway. On the other hand, using GTK+, GNOME most certainly will dump their default browser (Epiphany?)

I can't follow you. Why would GNOME dump their default browser but KDE wouldn't?

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RE[2]: OBVIOUS CHOICE
by sbergman27 on Sat 14th Feb 2009 17:08 in reply to "RE: OBVIOUS CHOICE"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

I can't follow you. Why would GNOME dump their default browser but KDE wouldn't?

Gnome treats its default browser as the redheaded stepchild. It's quite shameful. FF is effectively both KDE's and Gnome's default browser, in the real world. Which, as an advocate of Epiphany, annoys me no end. The Epiphany crew is working hard on dumping Gecko for WebKit. I am hoping that once they get loose from depending directly upon their most direct (and unsympathetic) competitor, and are using a superior rendering and javascript engine, Epiphany will finally come into its own and get the support it deserves.

Edited 2009-02-14 17:10 UTC

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RE: OBVIOUS CHOICE
by J. M. on Sat 14th Feb 2009 17:07 in reply to "OBVIOUS CHOICE"
J. M. Member since:
2005-07-24

GNOME will not use Chrome for the same reason it does not use Firefox - it is not a GNOME application. The GNOME developers have very high standards when it comes to integration and strict interface guidelines - I really doubt Google Chrome will follow the GNOME Human Interface Guidelines:

http://library.gnome.org/devel/hig-book/stable/

That's why they have Epiphany. A true GNOME application.

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RE: OBVIOUS CHOICE
by bloodandsoil on Sat 14th Feb 2009 18:04 in reply to "OBVIOUS CHOICE"
bloodandsoil Member since:
2007-08-24

Why would GNOME consider dumping Epiphany? It's a fine web browser.

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RE: OBVIOUS CHOICE
by leos on Sat 14th Feb 2009 23:15 in reply to "OBVIOUS CHOICE"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

On the other hand, using GTK+, GNOME most certainly will dump their default browser (Epiphany?) allowing them to get higher penetration in the Linux market.


Huh? Why would Gnome want to do that. I don't see how Chrome provides any advantages over Epiphany. It's certainly going to be less integrated into Gnome, and the speed advantage isn't really noticeable in real world use so all that's left is a less mature browser driven by one company, which could easily loose interest and make the project die (open source devs don't just magically appear when you open some code).

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