Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 03/28/2005 - 07:58.
I think SGI has created a wonderful model for an extended Motif. They've simply rewritten the widgets so that they inherently look better, and still it's totally source-compatible and is configured the same way that standard Motif is. I'd like to see a version that I can still compile NEdit on top of... or Xmcd, or Xplore, or Xmmix (programs I use religiously) and still can control things the same way... but i'd like to see widgets that are still very standard (read: not themed the same way GTK or Qt are) so that you can simply modify .Xdefaults / .Xresources or whatever file you like to use, to make it use the fonts you want to, and the colours you want to. I've learned that you can make Motif as it is almost perfectly blend in with other GUIs... I think a more modern appearance to widgets, addition of more widgets, and better support for newer technologies, like AA fonts, mousewheel, possible rendering through GL or cairo are all great ideas, but let's not forget what we like about the existing Motif, the simple way you can customize it, the simple window manager (though it could use a virtual desktop, I think it is otherwise absolutely perfect) - Most importantly - it should still be 100% source compatible with old school (and of course new school) Motif applications. I could see something like this surpassing GTK2, if it is done properly.