Qtopia coming for Neo1973

Mauro Iazzi mauro.iazzi at gmail.com
Tue Sep 18 23:22:58 CEST 2007

On 18/09/2007, thomas.cooksey at bt.com <thomas.cooksey at bt.com> wrote:
> Has anyone seen these benchmarks: http://zrusin.blogspot.com/2006/10/benchmarks.html
> It compares Cairo (what GTK+ uses) against QT. When it comes to rendering, I
> believe Qtopia & QT use the same code. So ignoring X,
> "Qt was respectively 7, 5 and 6 times faster. Than Cairo in those plain tests."
> Now factor in the fact that QWS has a lot less overhead than X and a smaller
> memory footprint.
> Can someone _please_ give me a technical reason why they believe GTK+ is
> "better"? The only arguments I've seen on this list are philosophical ones. The
> only technical argument has been that you can run applications on the phone and
> have them appear on your desktop thanks to X. Surely there is a better reason?
> I hate to say it, but I'm beginning to feel that the OpenMoko developer's ego
> is a big driving force behind developing the OpenMoko stack.

You are shifting to the dark side... I'm all for KDE over Gnome, Qt
ove Gtk, Vim over Emacs, but not at the level of saying there is no
reason for others to exist.

I would be lost if I were foced to use Emacs, I suppose the same is
valid for an experienced Emacs user with Vim. The fact that Emacs is
an inferior solution in every respect does not change that someone
_needs_ it.

I suggest you read this post over redundancy written by a prominent
member of KDE community


He just says what many people already said. Redundancy is good. For
innovation and choice, and because what X and Y want may be different.

OpenMoko was designed. There surely were reasons for it to chose Gtk
over Qt. While I don't know exactly, one of those may have been that a
phone software based on Qt was already there, and it was not fully
Open Source. If they chose Qt, what to do now that Qtopia is fully
open (trust: Trolltech behaving badly is _inconceivable_). You can
develop and install the one or the other freely.

Redundancy is good. I don't think switching to Qt is an option for
OpenMoko, because there is Qtopia for that. The choice has been done,
and in my opinion, has been wise. You can chose which distro to
support, or both if you can.

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