Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 26th Feb 2010 12:22 UTC, submitted by kragil
Gnome GNOME hacker Seth Nickell has written a lengthy PDF and accompanying blog post with a number of very interesting ideas for GNOME 3.0. I pondered putting this up on the front page, but since that usually only attracts the "It's not what I'm used to so it sucks"-crowd, I decided to put it up here. Be sure to read the blog post, the PDF, and the comments on the blog post to get the entire picture.
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nt_jerkface
Member since:
2009-08-26


That's ridiculous. GTK+ applications far outnumber GNOME applications. There's even another entire desktop using GTK+ (XFCE). GTK+'s future is independent of GNOME.


GTK could not be successful without GNOME. Sure XFCE uses GTK but it isn't the default DE of major distros. If Ubuntu dropped GNOME for KDE then you could expect a major drop off in new GTK projects.

The main reason to use GTK is the GNOME userbase. It isn't because of technical proficiency.

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abraxas Member since:
2005-07-07

The main reason to use GTK is the GNOME userbase. It isn't because of technical proficiency.


I guess you just aren't that familiar with the desktop linux then. As I have repeated many times (and you have ignored) there are far more GTK+ applications that have no connection to GNOME than their are GNOME apps. If you think all of them are just going to switch to QT then you're not using your head.

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Elv13 Member since:
2006-06-12

First, it is Qt, not QT. And your point is not valid once again. It is not because a GTK app does not link to gnomelib that it is not intended for Gnome. Gnomelib does not add that much to GTK experiences, and make the startup faster, so I wouldn't use them, even if I were targering Gnome. KDElibs add a little more to Qt, than gnomelib does to gnome. It is much more than a registery system a default directories. It add KXMLGui, making apps customizable. It is mostly why much Qt app use KDElibs in Linux (even if they don't in other pleteoform).

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

I'm quite aware of desktop Linux and how GTK apps look like ass in KDE.

If the major distros switched to KDE then those GTK apps would be re-written or eventually phased out.

I'm also aware that Qt is leagues ahead of GTK, especially when it comes to cross-platform development. That gap will continue to expand as Qt is better financed.

There are more GTK apps but Qt has advantages that will favor it in the long term. We'll see more open source projects that primarily target Windows + OSX with Qt and integrate with KDE as a bonus. Qt will gain further support as GTK stagnates.

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