The GTK-Qt theme engine is a nifty hack for GTK+ applications that uses the currently selected KDE/Qt style to do its drawing in a very similar fashion to the recently announced KDE Native Widget Framework for OpenOffice.org. Basically, what this means is that it will make your GTK apps look just like KDE/Qt ones and hence integrate better into your desktop (screenshot). I contacted the author David Sansome; it resulted in the following small interview.
Please introduce yourself.
I'm David Sansome, a college student living in London, UK, and I work on
How did you start the project?
I began it on Christmas Eve this year (when I had nothing better to do ;)), and released the first version a few days later. Version 0.1 was released on New Year's Eve.
What is this engine? What makes it so different?
This engine acts as a connectivity layer between GTK and Qt. It is
What this means is that the Qt style does the drawing for the GTK application.
Does it work through KControl or does it have a GUI of its own?
There is no need for any configuration module - the engine automatically picks
Who is working on it?
Currently, it's only me - although several people, including Ashley Collins
Is there a website? Is there a CVS repository somewhere?
There is no website or CVS repository at the moment, but I'll probably set up
Where do you see GTK-Qt Theme Engine going and what are your plans?
My short term goals for the project are bug-fixes (especially for crashes in
I hope the theme will eventually act as a perfect replica of Qt on GTK, both
I'd also like to see other areas of the Linux desktop unified - simple things
What does the project need the most now?
Like any open-source project: time, money, and contributers :)