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 segedunum on Mon 16th Feb 2009 15:29 UTC in reply to "RE: OMG"
segedunum
Member since:
2005-07-06

Dear lord, you really missed the point, didn't you? Read the article (which you clearly did not) and then comment again.

Exactly what point would this be when the application that kicked all this off is about as non-native on any platform as you can get? There's a certain irony there.

There isn't even a proposed solution in there, or at least one that will actually work, and it finishes off by saying that people can use what they want anyway. Choosing your applications via the toolkit that your desktop uses is going to leave you with precious little, and the vast majority just won't do it so you're in a minority.

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RE[3]: OMG
by Darkmage on Mon 16th Feb 2009 15:33 in reply to "RE[2]: OMG"
Darkmage Member since:
2006-10-20

I'd actually guess that people do choose their desktops based on the apps available and they do try to run pure environments as much as possible. I've seen a lot of people do that. most of the DEs have net/movies/music now so it's not a problem for 90% of people. Probably half of the other 10% don't care.

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RE[3]: OMG
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 16th Feb 2009 15:40 in reply to "RE[2]: OMG"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Exactly what point would this be when the application that kicked all this off is about as non-native on any platform as you can get? There's a certain irony there.


We aren't talking about Chrome. Chrom ekickstarted the discussion on consistency - this article isn't about Chrome at all.

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RE[4]: OMG
by dagw on Mon 16th Feb 2009 18:07 in reply to "RE[3]: OMG"
dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

We aren't talking about Chrome. Chrom ekickstarted the discussion on consistency - this article isn't about Chrome at all.

But his underlying point is valid to the discussion. Just because all your apps use the same underlying toolkit is in now way a guarantee for a consistent experience. Chrome is just the illustrating example.

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