Why GTK+ will prevail, and what needs to be done

James Richard Tyrer tyrerj at acm.org
Fri Jan 28 17:45:15 GMT 2005

Taylor Byrnes wrote:
> First let me say, the following is not supposed to be trolling or
> random KDE bashing, I use KDE everyday and have no complaints about
> it. The following is my view on what will be a problem for it (or at
> least for QT) in the near future. I realise Qt and KDE are not
> inseparable, but lets not create extra work for the developers.
> Linux is growing, it is gaining market share everyday, as it grows
> more and more corporations are paying attention to it. As Linux grows
> and more people begin to use it there will be increasing demand for
> proprietary windows applications to be provided on Linux; and with the
> growing market demands the companies that make those products will be
> forced to port them to Linux.
> When a company is planning or porting an application to Linux one of
> the first things they are going to come across is the choice of a
> widget library (probably Qt or GTK+). The problem that I see here is
> the licensing of the two libraries. Qt is available for free under the
> QPL and GPL, with commercial licenses available for a price; GTK+ is
> available only under the GNU LGPL.

I have to wonder if they will use either of these (Qt or GTK+) since it 
would be much easier to just use MainWin:


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