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[5]: Why not QT?
by abraxas on Sat 14th Feb 2009 22:48 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Why not QT?"
abraxas
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Hmmmm. So it's 'native'..........to Windows? Kind of the point really. It tries to be native, but it isn't at all.


The GUI isn't native looking but the underlying libraries are specific to Windows.

No. They're not emulating it at all, and that's the problem. They are wrapping it so they can use 'native' system calls on each platform.


Like I said in my previous reply "emulate" wasn't the best word to use but it's not hard to recognize that SWT and Firefox do not draw their widgets the same way as a standard GTK+ app. If they did they wouldn't look so awful (SWT at least, Firefox is much better now).

That won't happen, because they will have to make cross-platform trade-offs to make it work across all platforms.


Not necessarily. Webkit has develped a very good abstraction layer over the years to make it extremely portable. There is already an excellent GTK+ port and Webkit is being used on several different portable devices as well.

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