[PyKDE] nubie, KDE versus Qt alone?

Phil Thompson phil at river-bank.demon.co.uk
Sun Nov 21 13:30:14 GMT 1999

John Mudd wrote:
> I've used Python and really like it.  Now I'm looking to add GUI to
> some utilities.  First I considered Tk but now it sounds like Qt is
> much better.  Great, but here are my questions:
> I also hear mostly about people using KDE.  And KDE is something like a
> replacement for Motif and competition for other full blown windowing
> systems (e.g. MS Windows), right?

In the most simple terms, compare Qt with Motif, and KDE with MS

>                KDE apps are better that just GUI
> versions of programs because they share an environment and so
> comunicate and share objects well, right?


> Can I avoid KDE and just use Qt if (1) I don't run KDE on my UNIX
> machines and (2) therefore have no other KDE apps to communicate with?
> I'm currently not interested in sharing object with spreadsheets, etc.
> I just want to get something up and running fast.

Yes.  The Qt bindings are separate from the KDE bindings.  You need the
former to use the latter, but you can use the former by themselves (many
people do).

> Does Qt (and therefore KDE) run on top of X or does is it a replacement
> for X?

On top of X.


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