Would switching to Qt be a good idea?

Olivier Fourdan fourdan at gmail.com
Fri Jul 8 08:53:46 CEST 2022


On Thu, 7 Jul 2022 at 19:06, samuel ammonius <sfammonius at gmail.com> wrote:

> I posted a similar question on the XFCE forum, where a moderator told me I
> should go here. The forum post is here
> <https://forum.xfce.org/viewtopic.php?pid=67869#p67869>.
> The reason I was suggesting this is because GTK4 removed menus completely,
> because they were too "X11-centric". I think this is just an excuse to
> force people to use their designs, and XFCE's adoption of client-side
> decoration is proof that it's working. I'm not complaining about CSD in
> particular, but I'm trying to say that over the years, similar situations
> will arise and GTK will start to become a larger burden with every version
> that gets released.
I know that switching to Qt isn't something little. What I'm asking is, if
> I can fork all of XFCE's gui and make it use Qt, is it possible at all that
> it might get merged?

This is a theoretical question impossible to answer without anything
tangible to evaluate.

This is all open source, so eventually, the best ideas win.

If you fork the project, do the work, attract enough developers to maintain
it, and eventually prove it's better, then it will become a de-facto better
project. Maintainers are not stubborn gatekeepers, they try to do what's
best for the project, but they rarely commit to accepting code that has not
been written yet.

> It won't take as long as it might sound because I've made both GTK and Qt
> applications and Qt is at least twice as easy to deal with.

So if you believe it's a good idea, have the will, time and energy to do
it, then why not?

IMHO, time would be better invested in a Wayland compositor, but that's
another huge task.

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