“Recently Dennis E. Powell wrote a commentary entitled “The future belongs to GNOME; inertia, to KDE” that has generated much feedback, and a lot of flames in the KDE community. From my perspective as a software company that was/is doing KDE specific applications I think I see where the fundamental disconnect is between the two, and in my discussions with a number of the core developers, they have substantiated my opinion on this.” Read the editorial at LinuxAndMain.Our Take: It will be with sadness to see that the Gnome and KDE core developers do not collaborate in some matters. In order X11 and Unix to be called “ready for the desktop”, one of the fundamental requirements will be that Qt and GTK+ applications have the same look and behaviour.
The fact that almost half of the main modern Unix/Linux applications are based on GTK+ and half on QT, is an indication that most people are running these applications under a common desktop. However, it is unacceptable for a desktop environment to load the other API’s applications when copy/paste does not work between them (and I am not talking about the ‘middle click’ mouse here) or when shortcuts are different or when they look completely different theme-wise.
These are issues that both the core teams should get together, discuss and solve, for the common good of the Unix desktop’s future.