When we're running apps, we inevitably end up with using at least one QT app, at least one GTK app and probably in future at least one Aura app. These libraries have a huge level of duplication (e.g. each one will have a completely separately implemented file dialog). Add to this that each library will be used in several incompatible versions and you end up with serious bloat.
That's true, but how much can that bloat amount to? 20 MB? 100 MB? It won't be much relevant for today's standards. Code duplication is what happens regularly in the closed source world, where applications ship with a private version of all the libraries they use, and not only for the UI - with few people complaining.
Ive gotten the impression that the GTK3 folks werent terribly interested in hearing other people's thoughts.
This sounds like a serious problem; do we have any proper evidence?
https://mail.gnome.org/archive... - don't know if things have changed in the last two years.