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Re: GNUstep and GTK+

From: Michael Baehr
Subject: Re: GNUstep and GTK+
Date: Sun, 8 Aug 2004 12:51:15 -0500

On Sun, 08 Aug 2004 12:28:20 -0500, Robert Burns <address@hidden> wrote:
> Michael,
> Gee, that was a quick response. LOL
> I think it could be interesting. If I stated the reasons for which I
> thought it would be useful, I'd be flamed into oblivion. Besides, we've
> covered it before onto IRC. I think we should just agree to disagree on
> this point.
> I'll try to put this mildly. I personally like GTK; I like the look &
> feel. A lot of other people do as well.  I think that if a great - but
> small - toolkit were built for it, (and let's face it, raw GTK/C
> suxx0rz) that it would be used in many, many applications. It would be
> great exposure for GNUstep. And, the project wouldn't be particularly
> difficult. It definitely wouldn't be reinventing AppKit. GTK already
> exists; it just needs a new front-end. I can't see it taking more than a
> few months to have a solid release out there.
> Robert Burns

I think GTK+ is a fine toolkit, as well.  However, it has a perfectly
fine object model already and I haven't seen the lack of an OPENSTEP
frontend to it resulting in a dearth of any GTK+ apps.  If, however,
you want to pursue integration, I think the best idea may be simply to
abstract the backend away to _render_ in different toolkits; i.e. an
app  could use self-drawing GNUstep widgets or have everything be
drawn by GTK.  That, of course, opens up a whole 'nother can of worms.

Michael Baehr - Arch Linux GNUstep Geek

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