KDE has serious usability issues and GNOME is so simple its frustrating to use sometimes. People need to pick one and concentrate development.
That won't happen. Both environments have different kinds of desing phisolophies and one is written in GTK and the other in Qt. People don't just magically learn new toolkits, voluntary developers develope what they want to develope that's why there always will be atleast two different large scale desktop environments and bunch of small ones.
For example KDE doesn't want to hide settings, Gnome has opposite idea and hides everything they can. KDE tends to do more powerful apps and Gnome keeps it simple. They have incompatible HIGs and developemt platforms. To sum it up, you can't just abandon one.
No because of the non-KDE Qt desktop environments present and future.
Qt doesn't sponsor anyone. Qt is a software toolkit developed by Trolltech, later bought by Nokia.
Originally Posted by markg85
In the end it's leting Qt do anything abstract and KDE do their thing and heavily reducing code to maintain. Let Qt do their pro skills on some previous KDE stuff and make KDE less buggy.
KDE4 is too advanced to maintain, just like HURD. Chaos theory. It must go on a complexity diet.
funny, isn't that exactly what is happening today?
Originally Posted by TemplarGR
You can now easily use all KDE and (other) Qt apps on GNOME, why would that change when you merge KDE into Qt?
Originally Posted by allquixotic
I like this idea because it might help to modularize KDE. People wouldn't necessarily have to run Plasma, Nepomuk/virtuoso/, kwin if they didn't want to. Right now it's a serious disadvantage that if you want the benefits of KDE features, you almost have to run all or most of KDE - or at minimum have it installed.
My support for this measure would greatly depend upon whether Nokia decide to be douchebags. I would want clean integration with QT without having to make too many technical compromises. Cutting down on redundancy would be great, and even beneficial to Nokia because they would automatically inherit a lot of KDE applications.
KDE seems to be moving towards greater integration with plasma, kwin, and various other dbus protocols with special KDE-specific support for things like the system tray. There are certain functionalities that you can only get inside KDE due to the backend services running in a KDE environment.
Originally Posted by Goderic
There's also as mentioned a size and redundancy penalty. Different incomparable systems implemented in both QT and KDE which serve essentially the same purpose. Users and developers have to choose and make compromises.
If everything became a part of QT, then it wouldn't be much of a decision whether you want to install it in order to gain support for certain applications. They just become features of the widget toolkit. People on various platforms are much less likely to want to install KDE in addition to QT in order to run say digikam for example.
Originally Posted by Smorg
I was under the impression that KDE was moving to be more an compilation of apps which can work great on any platform, GNOME, KDE and even Windows. And not just being a DE.
Anyways, was the whole idea of DBus not being more DE independent?
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