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    Phoronix: LXDE Desktop Being Ported To Qt

    The lightweight LXDE desktop will be slowly transitioning from being GTK2-based to using the Qt tool-kit...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTQwMjg

  • #2
    I feel GTK coms a bit more and more redundant...

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    • #3
      Originally posted by phoronix View Post
      The lightweight LXDE desktop will be slowly transitioning from being GTK2-based to using the Qt tool-kit...

      Did they say why they wanted to port to Qt? Considering that there is already Razor-Qt which fills the same niche and considering that a port from GTK+ to Qt amounts to a complete rewrite (a port from GTK+2 to GTK+3 is quite simple btw), the whole plan seems rather pointless.

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      • #4
        Now Gtk _is_ redundant since Red Hat doesn't have to fear Qt that much since it's been open sourced a long ago. Qt is also growing at the expense of Gtk, I recall Linus moving his app from Gtk to Qt, Canonical moving slowly to Qt.

        Fact is Qt5 is a much better alternative to Gtk 2/3 with lots of libs, I've been doing Gtk+ for a few yeas but I'm planning to move to Qt as well, I tried qt5 out it looks great.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mark45 View Post
          Now Gtk _is_ redundant since Red Hat doesn't have to fear Qt that much since it's been open sourced a long ago. Qt is also growing at the expense of Gtk, I recall Linus moving his app from Gtk to Qt, Canonical moving slowly to Qt.

          Fact is Qt5 is a much better alternative to Gtk 2/3 with lots of libs, I've been doing Gtk+ for a few yeas but I'm planning to move to Qt as well, I tried qt5 out it looks great.
          Hmm, PCman said porting from GTK2-> Qt is easyer than porting to GTK3.

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          • #6
            Qt is by far a better choice when doing cross-platform development, that's true. However, API-wise, I prefer cairo over the Qt equivalent, as it allows me to plot to PDF files without having a display connected (if I recall correctly, QPrinter needs an QApplication object which needs DISPLAY to be set. And QConsoleApplication seems not to work in conjunction with QPrinter -- not checked if this is still true for Qt5).

            Also, there is a better binding support for GTK compared to Qt, simply because not every language supports the usage C++ libraries - this is true for e.g. Haskell. While there _are_ haskell bindings for Qt, they can't be considered usable.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Thaodan View Post
              Hmm, PCman said porting from GTK2-> Qt is easier than porting to GTK3.
              I am inclined to doubt that, as long as your code is well-written.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Thaodan View Post
                I feel GTK coms a bit more and more redundant...
                I would be happy to see the Linux desktop ecosystem go towards a single GUI-toolkit world. It would defragment things a little bit at least and ease app development. And probably lead to a better desktop experience.
                Last edited by jukkan; 07-04-2013, 07:21 AM.

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                • #9
                  Hey, what happened to funkystar (or whatever his nick was), that Qt/KDE hater?

                  But yay! Qt is pretty awesome these days

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                  • #10
                    Maybe the difficulties of third party dealing with libgtk3 instabilities, influenced the decision.
                    Minor releases generated constant complains of breakage from developers and theme creators.

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