KDE Integration mailing-list and module

Philippe Fremy phil at freehackers.org
Tue Jan 20 09:15:33 GMT 2004

On Monday 19 January 2004 12:25, Leo Savernik wrote:
> It makes me think if KDE delivers the best possible integration of
> Gtk/Gnome apps, what is the competitive edge for developers to develop
> KDE applications any more? If you can reach both DEs with writing a
> Gtk/Gnome applications, but only one DE with Qt/KDE, you can bet what
> happens in the future. Think commercial vendors.

I would put this argument along with the "Qt is too expensive to be used by 
ISP". Yes, Qt is a lot more expensive to buy in comparison to the free-beer 
gtk. But when digging with the UserLinux thing, we found a lot of ISV 
developing Qt programs.

So the answer, as far as commercial vendors are concerned is: choosing a 
toolkit is more than choosing a price and integration capability. They will 
first look at available support, speed development, suitability of the 
toolkit to the task, quality of the documentation. Qt beats Gtk in all 
these aerea.

Moreover, the integration process will probably goes in both direction in 
the future. Integrating gtk and qt 's event loop means that a Qt appliation 
can use gtk dialogs too.

Anyway, I don't think your argument is strong enough to stop us trying to 
improve officially the integration of foreign apps in KDE. There is more to 
gain than to lose. With this, we cultivate our image of a [more] advanced 



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