SUSE and Gnome vs KDE
Posted Sep 20, 2005 15:03 UTC (Tue) by hingo
In reply to: SUSE and Gnome vs KDE
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Yes, I understand all this. What I meant is, if they wanted to be consistent, they would have made the system tray applet based on KDE libraries, and as you say, it would have worked equally well on both desktops. It's just unusual to not focus on one technology. Maintenance, support, documentation, training of new developers etcetc just becomes more complex.
I realise Novell bought Ximian, but that could have been for many other reasons as well (Mono). That's why I asked if anyone knows whether this could be seen as a sign or just something weird.
And btw, while in theory you are right, as a Mandriva user I can attest that it doesn't look pretty in practice. (Mandriva has KDE as default, but their own apps are GTK.) Gnome apps in KDE are not a pretty sight, although not a total mess either, but: Cancel/Ok buttons wrong way, dialogs pop out in places you almost won't see them, plus dialogs are in independent windows. All of this and some other stuff can safely be considered weird behavior, if you are using KDE with mostly KDE apps. (And by this I'm not saying there is something wrong with Gnome, just that Gnome apps inside KDE don't look like KDE apps and I don't understand why a distribution would want to produce such situations other than out of ignorance or incompetence or laziness.)
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