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Ruben Safir wrote:
> Ronny Abraham wrote:
>> 3(a). My gut says it's probably better to go with QT, as that lends
>> itself more to platform independence. While GTK is also available on
>> windows and mac, it's a bit more of a hassle to set up.
I can't speak for Mac, but it's about 5 clicks to install GTK on
Windows, all on "Next" and "Ok" buttons. I've done Qt on Windows also,
and it's pretty much the same thing.
> That, is not a good idea. The developers are OK, the non-free OSes are
> a dead end.
Cross-platform apps are very helpful in achieving the goal of getting
them off those platforms.
> We don't help people develope applications on non-free systems.
You're overlooking that cross-plaform code is one way to increase the
use of Free Software. I know many whose first exposure to Free Software
was on Windows. Me included. Back in the day, I was a GNU AWK and
MicroEmacs user on PCDOS. The development of Free Software that widens
the front should not be discouraged. He's not talking about focusing on
developing software for non-free platforms, he's just talking about
developing software that *can* run on them. An objection to the first
is understandable, an objection to the second I find counter-productive
unless you're planning on delivering the "Killer App for Linux" that
makes Microsoft and Apple users throw out their systems.
>> 4. I suspect this will be a learning experience both for myself and
>> anyone who works with me on this, as I am familiar with neither QT or
>> C++, or GTK and C#.
C# (Moonlight?!) is the preferred development environment for GTK?
That's a typo, right?