Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Feb 2009 14:07 UTC
Editorial Late last week we ran a story on how the Google Chrome team had decided to use Gtk+ as the graphical toolkit for the Linux version of the Chrome web browser. It was a story that caused some serious debate on a variety of aspects, but in this short editorial, I want to focus on one aspect that came forward: the longing for consistency. Several people in the thread stated they were happy with Google's choice for purely selfish reasons: they use only Gtk+ applications on their GNOME desktops. Several people chimed in to say that Qt integrates nicely in a Gtk+ environment. While that may be true from a graphical point of view, that really isn't my problem with mixing toolkits. The issue goes a lot deeper than that.
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RE[2]: OMG
by xnoreq on Mon 16th Feb 2009 15:22 UTC in reply to "RE: OMG"
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No I did not and I also don't think that it's irrelevant what I wrote.

"at least Linux gives me the ability to stick to one toolkit and have a consistent desktop"
And on Windows you can't have a consistent desktop? You can't run GTK+ or Qt or normal Windows applications only?
.. it just depends on the applications that are available.

What would you say if the Google guys used Qt but implement their own custom controls, frame decoration? That would be absolutely priceless.

Edited 2009-02-16 15:23 UTC

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