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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consistency
by FunkyELF on Mon 16th Feb 2009 16:10 UTC
FunkyELF
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2006-07-26

I'm all for consistency but when it comes down to it I will always use the better tool for the job. I use XFce as my desktop environment but wouldn't want to burn a CD with anything other than K3B. I used to use Azureus for downloading torrents (up till yesterday when I switched to rtorrent because it was replaced with Vuze in my package manager).

Arguing for consistency in a Linux distribution seems silly to me because half the stuff I use is on the command line and the other half graphical... how consistent is that? And then the consistency of command line programs is a whole 'nother topic.

By the way, Verizon Wireless came out with a "consistent" UI for all their phones. If you get an LG, Motorola, or whatever, they load it up with their same software to make it look and feel consistent across various platforms. It sucks horribly.

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