Re: [freeqt] Re: opening Gnome to multiple (windowing) systems

Jim Pick wrote:
> Bertrand Guiheneuf <> writes:
> > Thus, and as Qt is after all a very good library, wouldn't it be
> > possible to make Gnome a platform that would allow anyone to choose its own
> > GUI lib (wxGTK, GTK++ , GTK-- or Harmony) for its Gnome app?
> I like to think that Gnome is open enough for that.  (not my call though)
> Using multiple toolkits does raise the issue of increased memory
> requirements when you have all those libraries loaded in at once.
> Even so, you have to weigh that against the significant duplication of
> application writing effort that is going on in the Free Software
> community (duplicate apps based on Qt, Gtk, Lesstif, Tk, Athena, AWT,
> etc.).
> I'd personally be willing to trade some increased memory requirements
> to run the Gnome environment in exchange for having integration across
> all the pre-existing applications presently written for KDE,
> Gnome/Gimp, mozilla, tcl/tk, emacs, etc.  Keep in mind that down the
> road, work could also be done to reduce the amount of duplicated code
> the various toolkits contain.
> Just as I don't believe there is "one true language" - I also don't
> believe that there is "one true toolkit" (although Gtk isn't bad).
> I do eventually want to see full blown-themes / pluggable
> look-and-feel as part of the Gtk environment.  Most toolkits have some
> support for theme-like stuff (Qt, Gtk, Tk, Xt, Athena, AWT) - I'm sure
> this could be made consistent across all the toolkits if somebody
> really wanted to.
> I'd bet that if somebody wanted to make a variant of Qt, Tk, etc. that
> worked nicely alongside Gtk - none of the guys in the Gnome project
> would object.
Better than that ... The GNOME project is actively implementing KDE 
standards.  Why not the other way around ?  It's like you buy a lot
in an affluent neighborhood and the people there say to you "our houses
and your will have higher value if they stick to certain similar 
stiles ( shades of brown for all roofs forinstance ).  It's up to 
the goy just building to fit his home into the existing scheme for 
mutual benefit since that is simpler than breaking down an existing
house to make it like the new one.
In other words ... I don't know weather GNOME or KDE is better on
fundamentals ( and I don't care ).  What I do know is that KDE is
larger and farther along so GNOME is where changes should take place.
Except for those times when they come up with a method that is 
simply BETTER than what KDE uses currently.
> Cheers,
>  - Jim
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