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Old 03-24-2003, 03:56 PM   #1
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different desktops for different apps?


I'm aware that KDE and Gnome use different graphics libraries (Qt and GTK). With this in mind, are all X applications also either made to run under only a Qt or a GTK environment, bot not both? I.e., will a Qt application not run in Gnome and a GTK application not run in KDE?

When you install a new application, how do you know which desktop it will run under?

For example, if I want to run Quanta, I have to run KDE. If I want to run Bluefish, I have to run Gnome? What about Coffee Cup HTML editor?

Old 03-24-2003, 04:17 PM   #2
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I run KDE and have no problem using GTK apps. The GTK libraries are separate from Gnome and can be installed separately -- KDE has no problem using them to run GTK apps. I assume the same is true, in reverse, for Gnome and Qt apps.
Old 03-24-2003, 04:26 PM   #3
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I run XFCE as my window manager and I can run both KDE and Gnome apps in it. You just need to have them installed and permissions to run the executables. Hope this helps.
Old 03-24-2003, 05:46 PM   #4
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i use fluxbox but but install gnome and kde libs and app works fine
Old 03-24-2003, 05:59 PM   #5
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I only can second what Dave and Texicle said,
and add that running a (as little as it is, like say
ksirtet) KDE program will drag the entire process
of kde inter-process communication and the base
KDE libs into memory... :)

 2124 tink      12   0 15416  15M 11488 S     0.0  5.9   0:00 ksirtet
 2126 tink       7   0 10472  10M 10228 S     0.0  4.0   0:00 kdeinit
 2129 tink       9   0 10872  10M 10584 S     0.0  4.2   0:00 kdeinit
 2132 tink       9   0 11244  10M 10884 S     0.0  4.3   0:00 kdeinit
 2134 tink      11   0 12804  12M 12028 S     0.0  4.9   0:00 kdeinit
/me shudders ...

Old 03-25-2003, 07:47 AM   #6
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Thanks for clearing that up. Can anyone explain why I ran across the following advice for editors:

"If you use Gnome, get Bluefish. If you use KDE get Quanta."

This gave me the impression that one app wouldn't run under the other desktop.
Old 03-25-2003, 07:54 AM   #7
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Because some silly people persist in believing that it's better to run apps "native" to your desktop.

The idea is that Quanta, being a KDE app, will use the KDE file dialogs, kio, and so on. Bluefish, being GTK/GNOME, won't.

We're currently in the process of trying to standardise all this stuff, so no matter what set of APIs a program is written for, it'll always integrate nicely.

Try both, use the one you like best. Ignore which desktop they were written for. The concept will soon be obsolete anyway
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OK, thanks for setting the record straight.


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