Mark Hammond writes:
> > > Agreed. However, XPFE works fine here IMO.
> cgw> "Here" means on MS-Win, right? Maybe that's why our perceptions are
> cgw> so different.
> Correct. Although I have run it under Linux a few times, I wouldnt really
> know LAF issues if I tripped over them there ;-)
It's certainly true that the lack of a consistent look and feel for
Linux apps has been somewhat of a problem historically. However, with
the emergence of Gnome, it seems that there is finally some
convergence. (Althought people in the KDE/Qt camp will certainly not
agree!) Gnome is gathering momentum, especially now that Sun has
joined the Gnome Foundation. With outfits like Eazel, Helix Code,
etc, turning out high-quality products, things are moving fast in the
Gnome/Gtk+ world and it seems clear to me that this will be the major
desktop platform for Unix machines in the upcoming decade.
Back in my former life, when I was still worrying about Windows, the
company I worked for bought into a commerical x-platform GUI toolkit
called Galaxy (I mentioned this earlier). Galaxy re-implemented all
the native widgets, kind of like XPFE does. One issue with this was
that MS seemed to change something about the widgets in every release
- e.g. the Galaxy filechooser looked like Windows 3.1, then Win95 came
out and Galaxy had to play catch-up. Once Galaxy had the Win95 LAF,
Win98 came out. Now I hear there's something called Windows ME. Have
they changed the look-and-feel again? Seems to me like all the
widget-reimplementors are doomed to playing eternal catch-up.
OK, enough off-topic rambling (for now),