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OSNews: When OSS-based Corporations and (Some) OSS Hackers Clash

Mar 19, 2003, 06:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eugenia Loli-Queru)

"It is well known to the readers of this site that I am for interoperability when it comes to the two main X11 desktop environments, KDE and Gnome. In my opinion, this is the only way forward for the Linux desktop's massive adoption. Most Linux graphical apps are written in either Qt or GTK+. And every new platform needs as many quality apps as it can get (BeOS taught me as much at least...) to stay viable. Therefore, it is important for any Linux-based operating system company to be able to support both. Red Hat was the first distro to make the big step on trying to unify the look of the two toolkits with the use of the BlueCurve theme. Freedesktop.org goes a step closer to a more real integration that would bring an end to the problems we get today between the two environments (major app behavior differences, no full DnD support for all apps, different dialogs, UI HIGs, menu system, notification area etc etc).

"All these differences are a huge pain for the average user. Expert users, or users with a 'religious' background (against the one or the other DE) will assert loudly that they don't mind having a different breed of apps running under the same desktop while others will assert that they either run GTK+ apps or only Qt apps and that they don't bother with the 'competitor's' offerings... Sorry, but the big Linux companies I know ALL want to have full interoperability and same app behavior and looks for both their Gnome and KDE and the same goes for the average user. Why? Because it makes sense! The userbase these companies are trying to capture are Windows users who are used to seeing apps that work and look the same, no matter the toolkit or language they were written on or compiled with..."

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