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The Biggest Problem With GTK & What Qt Does Good

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Published on 12 January 2014 01:58 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Qt
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Dirk Hohndel of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has talked at length on his experiences in the GTK and Qt tool-kits, including what he views as the biggest problem with GTK.

Dirk talked at Linux.Conf.Au about the adventures over the past year in porting Subsurface to Qt. Subsurface is the open-source application developed by Linus Torvalds, himself, and other developers for being a divelog program for archiving their scuba diving adventures around the world. While Dirk and Linus aren't enthusiastic front-end / application developers, they have found Qt to do much better than GTK for their cross-platform program.

During the LCA 2014 talk, Dirk Hohndel shared what he viewed as the biggest problem with the GTK tool-kit... It's not the lack of great cross-platform suprport or some technical item, but, "the biggest problem with GTK is the attitude of the core community."

Dirk shared the same view as many with dealing with upstream GTK/GNOME developers being tough, frequent abuse and flame-wars, and accusations from the developers that "you're doing it wrong." Dirk found that the Qt development community was quite the opposite: Qt developers were willing to engage and help, there's plenty of application developer documentation, and there weren't communication problems like found when dealing with GTK developers.

Porting Subsurface from GTK to Qt took about six months. Other praise that Dirk had for the Qt tool-kit included the qmake build system, the native widgets for OS X / Linux / Windows, and other highlights. Dirk also found the Qt Creator IDE to be incredibly good. Dirk even switched from being a long-time emacs user to now using the Qt Creator integrated development environment.

For those curious about more of Dirk's thoughts on GTK vs. Qt and their porting adventures, the LCA 2014 talk can be found here (MP4 file).

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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