Re: [gtk-list] Re: Windows NT port of GTK+
- From: robert havoc pennington <rhpennin midway uchicago edu>
- To: mito m2 sprynet com
- cc: gtk-list redhat com
- Subject: Re: [gtk-list] Re: Windows NT port of GTK+
- Date: Fri, 1 May 1998 12:47:55 -0500 (CDT)
On Fri, 1 May 1998, Louis-David Mitterrand wrote:
> This would be potentially huge:
> - cross-platform GUI development from Linux, no need to reboot;
Already have this, in WxWindows, Qt, Java, and likely some others.
> - possible cross-compilation to both targets with the Cygnus tools;
Everything on Windows would have to be GPLed due to the Cygnus tools; that
might put a damper on the spread of this thing in the Windows world, if
the non-native L&F wasn't enough.
> - consistent GUI framework on Win95/NT and Linux;
As long as Windows is more important than Linux, no one in the Windows
world wants this. Even if the L&F were native.
Plus the above-mentioned cross platform toolkits already exist, today.
> - immediately a huge market for Linux developers of shareware and
> commercial apps that refuse to work in W32;
Huge market for non-native Unixish stuff? Doubt it.
"Immediately" = "In several years when this project is finally finished"
> - de facto standardisation on the GTK L&F;
Highly unlikely, given the number of native Windows apps and the fact that
both Java and WxWindows look native.
> - exposure to mainstream computer press;
Will already have this by the time your port is done if Linux/Gtk/Gnome
are at all successful.
> PS: it could be the last nail in Java's coffin.
I think the time would be better spent on a free implementation of Swing.
Face it, Gtk is a Unix toolkit. There are already a number of cross
platform strategies, including toolkits and Java. All of them are better
*now* than a hacky, non-native GtkWin32 would be in several years.
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