[Mono-list] GTKsharp 3

Ventsislav Mladenov ventsislav.mladenov at gmail.com
Wed Sep 12 09:03:35 UTC 2012

    We should take a look of Qyoto project, Qt bindings are generated 
automatically not like GTK's which had been created manually. The mono 
team does not want to create a GTK 3 bindings because everything has to 
be done from scratch again and this is a lot of work.

On 09/11/2012 01:12 PM, Daniel Hughes wrote:
> GTK 3 was released 10 Feb 2011. That's a long time ago.
> During that time .net bindings have failed to eventuate. Information 
> on what has been happening has been very hard to find, despite a large 
> number of .net applications on linux using these bindings.
> As the author of an opensource application dependent on these bindings 
> I find this lack of information very concerning. And I'm starting to 
> ask myself questions like, Am I now dependent of a dead or dieing library?
> Banshee was removed from the default ubuntu 
> install, officially because of lack of GTK 3 support.
> I have the following questions:
> Where is the source code for GTK 3 support?
> As far as I can establish the GTK sharp code is hosted here:
> https://github.com/mono/gtk-sharp 
> <https://github.com/mono/gtk-sharp/branches>
> However there is no branch in there labelled as GTK3
> Who supports GTK sharp?
> If it is community maintained, who are the main contributors?
> Is there a projected or planned release date for GTK 3 support?
> Developers dependent on GTK sharp need this information in order to 
> plan the future of there applications.
> If GTK sharp is really dying then application developers dependent on 
> it need to know, so they can either contribute to it or move there 
> applications on to something else.
> If the bindings are struggling, how come there has been no call 
> for contributors, or at least transparent information about what is 
> going on. Rather then the current back whole of information.
> Recently ubuntu held an app competition, it was hugely successful and 
> while it was on people where asking questions like this:
> http://askubuntu.com/questions/154373/use-primary-toolbar-with-mono
> And all we could do was advice that they use another language.
> If we lose GTK# bindings where does that leave mono on desktop linux? 
> We have no QT bindings, no clutter bindings and no GTK# 3 bindings. in 
> sort we have no bindings available (by that I mean packaged in debian 
> or similar) for the latest version of any native linux GUI tool kit.
> I'm going to say this again, mono developers cannot use the latest 
> version of any native linux GUI tool kit.
> Now maybe the GTK# bindings are alive and well and are about to issue 
> a release. However if that is true then the developers have a lot of 
> room for improvement with there communications.
> Sincerely,
> Daniel Hughes
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