OpenMoko, the project that creates not only a Linux operating system for phones but the hardware to run it as well, has announced some major changes to its software stack. Traditionally a Gtk+ endeavour, this is all going to change rather drastically.The main changes are rather drastic, as you can see below:
- Switches the window manager from matchbox to Enlightenment (E17)
- Switches the main applications from the GTK-based (developed by Openmoko and OpenedHand) to Qtopia (but using X11, of course)
The switch to Enlightenment should not have been news to anyone now: Rasterman, the man behind the Enlightenment project, works for OpenMoko, after all. The announcement makes clear that despite the switch to Qt, Gtk+ applications will remain fully supported on OpenMoko phones.
Well, that’s a real kick in the teeth for GTK.
I wonder: with the OLPC going to the “dark side”, Maemo almost certainly switching to Qt (since Nokia have bought Trolltech), and now this, have we seen the end of the “Gnome Mobile” endeavour?