Wine Front-End development

Dimi Paun dimi at
Sat Apr 15 18:54:12 CDT 2006

On Sat, 2006-04-15 at 16:17 +0100, Karl Lattimer wrote:
> I seriously doubt that as far as users are concerned that dependencies
> would be an issue, the user in general just wants something that
> works, and they don't care that 4 extra dependancies are required
> (python, gtk, pygtk, pygtk-glade)

For what is worth, I personally think you've made the best choice of
tools for this project. The problem with the "least common denominator"
approaches is that you get a sub-par result. Don't let the rhetoric slow
you down. 

Python is certainly not a problem dependency, any more then Perl is. If
you feel comfortable with it, use it. There are way more desktop apps
written in Python than in Perl, that I know of and that matter. Red Hat
uses it for most of the stuff they produce, and (like it or not) they
are the 800-pounds gorilla in Linux-land.

As for the toolkit, you have a choice of 3: Gtk+, Qt, Win32. Problem
with Win32 is that you get an app that looks strange in both GNOME and
KDE -- it pleases nobody. Kinda like a Java Swing app. Pick one of GTK+
or QT, and at least make 1/2 of the people happy, the rest will be as
unhappy as in the case you would have picked Win32 anyway. GTK+ is a
fine choice, if you like it, go for it.

Dimi Paun <dimi at>
Lattica, Inc.

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