Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Sat 15th Jan 2011 18:02 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces As an answer to someone asking whether Unity will require a working OpenGL stack to operate in Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal", Mark Shuttleworth announced that Canonical would offer an optional, QT-based, "2D" implementation of Unity. Here is a video, too.
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Has they ever heard about coherency?
by renox on Mon 17th Jan 2011 09:21 UTC
renox
Member since:
2005-07-06

Even on planetkde some are puzzled with this port:
http://kamikazow.wordpress.com/2011/01/14/so-canonical-ported-unity...

Porting the shell is one thing, but it means that the shell will use a different library than all the applications given that Ubuntu has standardised on GTK: IMHO this is a useless increase in memory usage..

Even though I prefer Qt over GTK, I wonder why they did this port..
Apparently choosing a GUI library and *sticking to it* is really difficult: SUSE went from KDE to Gnome (and then back on some versions), Nokia switched from GTK to Qt, Canonical use both at the same time apparently, *sigh*.

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_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

Suse WAS a a kde distro and along comes Ximian and Novell and try to make SUSE a gnome distro. Opensuse remained kde centric (at least in numbers of users), SLES was almost completely gnome based.

I believe nokia switched from gtk due to the slow pace of development and inability to make gtk behave in mobile environments.

Canonical, however is a ship without a sail, plagued by indecision and now are being hammered by the same problems that led to nokia abandoning gtk...

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segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

IMHO this is a useless increase in memory usage..

It's got nothing to do with memory usage. What's worse is divided and wasted effort.

Apparently choosing a GUI library and *sticking to it* is really difficult: SUSE went from KDE to Gnome (and then back on some versions), Nokia switched from GTK to Qt, Canonical use both at the same time apparently, *sigh*.

Because some people with issues didn't want to accept that Qt, and then probably KDE, was the right technical direction they should have been going in in the first place.

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