Why is Qtopia much faster?

Alex Kavanagh alex at ajkavanagh.co.uk
Wed Jul 23 11:13:53 CEST 2008

Lorn Potter wrote, On 23/07/08 09:23:
> Timo Jyrinki wrote:
>> It cannot be so hard to understand that not everyone wants to port
>> everything into one toolkit. It doesn't matter which toolkit that is.
>> Phones are becoming computers and do not need any less flexibility on
>> what can be done with them.
> How does sticking to one toolkit mean less flexibility? You can write 
> the same type of app in any language, its just a matter of how well your 
> toolkit works for you.
You are effectively advocating a single silo approach to development. 
i.e. Qtopia is the one-true development environment and everything else
is subordinate to it.

However, let's say you have some GTK developers who want to port their
app to the OpenMoko.  You're saying they should learn a completely new
toolkit.  The alternative view is to create a development platform that
allows Qtopia, GTK, etc. and then anyone could build apps for it and
users then get the choice of what apps they use.

You're argument about the users getting a unified experience is a good
one, but then the users can choose: even on the 'anything goes'
platform, they could choose to just run the Qtopia applications - their
freedom hasn't been limited in any way, and their options in the future
are increased.  Sometimes more diversity is a good thing.


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