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Re: SEUL: GUI Toolkits and desktops
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Date: Tue, 2 Dec 1997 11:22:37 -0800 (PST)
From: "Erik Walthinsen (Omega)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
On Tue, 2 Dec 1997, Simon Kinahan wrote:
> I don't know if you guys know about this already, but the Gnome and KDE
> groups, (www.gnome.org and www.kde.org) are both already working on nice
> desktop environments for Linux. I see you plan to do the same, but that
> your lists do not seem to contain any mention of either project.
I didn't know about Gnome, thanx for the pointer!
I just spent about a minute looking at their site, and I like what I see.
It uses Gtk, which has many advantages: it's GPL'd, it appears to be quite
popular, tcl/tk can be linked against it (meaning all those apps can be
Gtk-like as well), etc.
The problem with Gtk is than it is still very buggy and in addition is
a moving target (recently they made an incompatible change). So I
don't believe Gnome can be ready in time for Linux 98.
KDE is based on Qt. Qt is easy to program, very beautiful and it is
production quality. Qt has a very liberal license but its owners
could one day change it. And KDE would be left with a frozen library.
If KDE is the only victim this will not be a problem but there would
be a real one if KDE's example caused all the major X programs wer
rewritten for Qt. So in the long term we should not use KDE. But Kde
will be usable in 98.
Jean Francois Martinez
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