[ILUG] Linux Gui Toolkits
John P. Looney
john at antefacto.com
Wed Jul 18 12:48:57 IST 2001
On Wed, Jul 18, 2001 at 11:24:05AM +0100, Jonathan Harrington mentioned:
> I was wondering what you considered to be the "best" linux gui toolkit.
> I am looking for something oo (will be using with c++) and preferably
> with python bindings. Have been looking at foX, FLTK, lesstif,
> wxWindows, Qt, Gtk+ and was wondering what peoples experience is with
> these. All comments would be appreciated including licensing and the
> speed differences when using a wrapper like Gtk-- compared to Qt. I
> would also like library to be cross-platform but this is not top
> priority if it runs under linux. Does anyone have any experiences with
> any of these library's in a commercial environment?
If it's C++, and in a commerical environment, I'd have to say Qt. You can
get proper support from Troll if there is a problem, and it'll work 100%
on Windows or Linux if you are careful. Qt is a very very good Tookkit,
and apps like Kdevelop are very mature.
GTK+ is nice too, it's natively C, but does have decent C++ bindings.
It's possibly worth trying it out, and seeing how you like it - I like it
much more than Qt, mainly because I'm not that proficent in C++.
I'd personally steer away from the others, unless you intend shipping
static copies of your software, as many people won't have it installed.
When I say 'free', I mean 'free': free from bond, of chain or command:
to go where you will, even to Mordor, Saruman, if you desire. "
-- Gandalf, paraphrasing the choice between Free and Non-free software
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