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Linux Version of Chrome To Use Gtk+

Feb 18, 2009, 22:34 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thom Holwerda)

"Ben Goodger, Google's Chrome interface lead, has explained in an email. It has also been revealed what toolkit the Linux version of Chrome will use: Gtk+.

"The decision to use native user interface toolkits on each platform has made it all the more difficult to deliver the Mac and Linux versions of Chrome. Several people wondered why Google didn't just use Qt from the get-go, which would've made the whole process a whole lot easier. Goodger explains that Google "[avoids] cross platform UI toolkits because while they may offer what superficially appears to be a quick path to native looking UI on a variety of target platforms, once you go a bit deeper it turns out to be a bit more problematic." Your applications end up "speaking with a foreign accent", he adds. In addition, Goodger claims that using something like Qt "limits what you can do to a lowest common denominator subset of what's supported by that framework on each platform."

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