Linked by David Adams on Sun 6th Nov 2011 04:34 UTC
Linux While it may seem like Linux-only projects are betraying their loyal base by developing Windows or OSX versions, I would argue that cross-platform development is actually better for Linux as a whole, better for individual software projects and their developers, and ultimately better for Linux users.
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Cross-platform software often sucks
by ddc_ on Sun 6th Nov 2011 18:37 UTC
ddc_
Member since:
2006-12-05

To date I've seen only two cross-platform projects done right: Transmission and WebKit — they both integrate in respective user environments to the degree when one can't differ them from native applications. Firefox came close but never did the trick on Linux.

The rest of them are ugly either on all their platforms (like OpenOffice.org) or have one platform with adequate degree of integration but fail on others.

It is really difficult to write a really cross-platform app. And an application that runs on every platform but makes You wash Your hands after closing it doesn't help alternative platforms.

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ngaio Member since:
2005-10-06

Bibble Pro looks equally excellent on both Linux and Windows. I've never tried the Mac version. It uses the QT framework.

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RE[2]: Bibble Pro works great
by tuma324 on Sun 6th Nov 2011 23:40 in reply to "RE: Bibble Pro works great"
tuma324 Member since:
2010-04-09

Bibble Pro looks equally excellent on both Linux and Windows. I've never tried the Mac version. It uses the QT framework.


You mean Qt?

QT is QuickTime.

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RE[2]: Bibble Pro works great
by ddc_ on Mon 7th Nov 2011 12:25 in reply to "RE: Bibble Pro works great"
ddc_ Member since:
2006-12-05

If You talk about http://bibblelabs.com/index.html , then that's exactly what I meant to look ugly on all platforms.

Well, the word ugly might be the wrong word here. It looks alien and it brings its own habbits with it, so it clearly falls out of the user experience on any given platform.

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by zima on Sun 13th Nov 2011 23:57 in reply to "Cross-platform software often sucks"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

To date I've seen only two cross-platform projects done right: Transmission and WebKit — they both integrate in respective user environments to the degree when one can't differ them from native applications.

Weird choices / there are much better ones... I take it you didn't try Transmission under Windows. And WebKit is more a library (which had to be made cross-platform over the years), hardly worth mentioning here.

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