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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Google is not one company
by tbscope2 on Sat 14th Feb 2009 19:28 UTC
tbscope2
Member since:
2009-02-14

What this does show is one of the following:

1. Google doesn't seem to be a company with a central management and consists out of several smaller companies.
Google Earth is made with Qt. Why did they choose Qt and not GTK+? Are the developers that create Google Earth more familiar with Qt and/or C++?

2. They experienced bad things while developing Google Earth with Qt. But it would be very nice to hear about these problems.

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RE: Google is not one company
by sbergman27 on Sat 14th Feb 2009 20:05 in reply to "Google is not one company"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

I suspect that they chose QT for Google Earth for reasons relating to your possibility #1: The devs on that particular project were C++ guys. And then possibility #2 took hold as reality set in.

QT always seems to be presented as the "shiny" solution. But where are the results?

Google, to its credit, is a company that learns from its past mistakes.

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tbscope2 Member since:
2009-02-14

Yet... some companies do the exact opposite.

Nokia for example. Maybe a little bit too extreme as an example, but still.

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RE[2]: Google is not one company
by leos on Sat 14th Feb 2009 23:24 in reply to "RE: Google is not one company"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

I suspect that they chose QT for Google Earth for reasons relating to your possibility #1: The devs on that particular project were C++ guys. And then possibility #2 took hold as reality set in.

QT always seems to be presented as the "shiny" solution. But where are the results?


Well google earth is pretty awesome. Any evidence that there are major problems with it or are you just making stuff up now?

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RE: Google is not one company
by vivainio on Sat 14th Feb 2009 20:16 in reply to "Google is not one company"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

What this does show is one of the following:

1. Google doesn't seem to be a company with a central management and consists out of several smaller companies.
Google Earth is made with Qt. Why did they choose Qt and not GTK+? Are the developers that create Google Earth more familiar with Qt and/or C++?


Google acquired Google Earth technology from "Keyhole Inc". Read this: http://www.nabble.com/Google-Earth-uses-Qt-td4842474.html (yes, you can probably google up better references).

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RE: Google is not one company
by j-kidd on Sun 15th Feb 2009 00:15 in reply to "Google is not one company"
j-kidd Member since:
2005-07-06

Google Earth is made with Qt. Why did they choose Qt and not GTK+?


Perhaps it is because they can make sane choice ;)

Are the developers that create Google Earth more familiar with Qt and/or C++?


That's certainly possible, but I think the reverse it true here, i.e. the lead developer of Chrome, who also happens to be the main UI developer, is more familiar with GTK+.

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