I’ve noticed there seems to be a lot of “ZOMG it’s Qt! Oh Noes!” going on and I just don’t get it. I think the reason is some confusion and lack of understanding. Now I’m not talking about the programming languages behind Qt and GTK, I’m talking about the typical end user’s experience. People seem to assume that Qt == KDE, Qt requires a lot of KDE libs, and/or Qt looks ugly and doesn’t integrate well in a GTK environment.
First, a Qt application doesn’t always mean it’s KDE. Yes KDE is based on Qt, but there’s a huge difference between a pure Qt app and a KDE app. An application that is written in pure Qt has nothing to do with KDE whatsoever. Some of these include SMplayer, KeePassX, VLC (0.9.2), VirtualBox, and many others. KDE apps will depend on a lot of KDE specific stuff that will have a lot of dependencies. This goes on to the second point. A pure Qt app does not require a tone of KDE libs since it has nothing to do with KDE. All it usually needs libqt.
Finally to put this integration mess to rest. Qt integrating into a GTK environment used to be an issue. This is no longer true. This argument is deprecated. Qgtkstyle (which will come bundled with Qt 4.5 😀 ) is a Qt theme engine that uses your GTK theme directly. It does not try to emulate a GTK theme or anything like that. It actually uses the GTK theme. So now it can’t be argued that Qt doesn’t integrate with GTK anymore. You pretty much can’t tell the difference.
You almost can’t even tell those are Qt applications.
So I just don’t understand all the Qt hating going on.