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Re:not another api

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on August 31, 2006 09:22 AM
OK, which one?

The two "major" desktops being discussed here, GNOME and KDE, have their own API's. That's because they started out using different toolkits (GTK+ and Qt, respectively). To dump one of those API's would mean either a massive re-write of one of the desktops, or the abandonment of one. Neither of those choices will fly in the real world.

For example, there are tons of people out here who use KDE, including Linus himself. I, too, mostly use KDE, as do most of the guys in my office. SuSE has always favored KDE. Linspire also installs a KDE desktop. I was at Walt Disney World a couple of years ago, and I saw one of their animation labs; all the PCs were running the KDE3 desktop. However, most Red Hat folks use GNOME, as Red Hat has traditionally contributed to its development. If you use Ubuntu, currently the most popular GNU/Linux desktop distribution, the desktop that comes with it is GNOME. Many people, therefore, like and use GNOME, too.

So, again, which API or desktop do you get rid of?


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