Whew, I’m finally back. Paris is a lovely city to visit, but there’s no place like home!
So, let’s discuss the current situation. As I said, Quizo did email me and we had a nice conversation which cleared up a number of misunderstandings. I’m still waiting to hear back from him on a few issues, but here’s the short version of what’s known so far: Due to lack of free time and motivation, Quizo is, for the most part, finished developing QTTabbar. He was working on a Win 7 compatible version last year, but never completely finished it. At some point he realized that he would not have the free time to continue, and the recently released 2.0 Beta 2 is simply a cleaned-up version of his latest revision. He was a little ambiguous as to if he ever plans to release a Beta 3 or above, but he very clearly stated that it was certainly not happening any time soon. Quizo has agreed to direct users to my project as the version under active development, and the main website has recently been updated to reflect this.
He did have a few requests of me, which I plan to honor. Mainly, that the internal identifiers and settings location of my project be changed, so that it doesn’t conflict with his version. This will happen in the next release.
If we’re changing all the internal identifiers anyway, then I’d like to take the opportunity to change another thing: the name. I undertook this project on the (admittedly presumptuous) assumption that Quizo was gone for good, so I thought of my version was a direct continuation rather than a fork. But now that there’s this version 2.0 of the original project in the wild, there’s no longer any ambiguity: my project is now a full-blown fork whether I like it or not. And that means having a different name to differentiate it is pretty much required.
To be honest, I’ve wanted to rename the project for a while now. I never really liked the name QTTabBar: it’s a little awkward to say, and people are constantly assuming we must have some kind of association with that other Qt. The two biggest reasons why I haven’t renamed the project are 1) respect to Quizo and 2) I was afraid we’d lose the name-recognition that QTTabBar has established. But now that Quizo’s given me his blessing and has put a link on his site to my site, both those issues are addressed.
So what should the new name be? I’m open to suggestions; many people have already done so, but let’s get a few more. Post them below or email them to me using the Contact link on the right. I mentioned the possibility of a name-change earlier, and someone suggested “QTabs” as a new name. I rather like that one: it’s short, it’s catchy, it has some homage to Quzio in there, and we can keep the “QT” prefix that is in use everywhere. I’m certainly not settled on it though, so feel free to propose a better one (or voice your support for that one).
It was a bit of a bumpy ordeal, but I think it will ultimately be for the better. I hope to make some serious progress on this project in the coming months, including merging most of the new features of Quizo’s version into my own.
PS: To address some of the comments in the previous post, my assessment of Quizo’s version as “extremely buggy” was based on my own install of it. It could be that there were conflicts between my version and his that caused the glitches that I encountered. I certainly didn’t mean to disparage his obvious effort, and as I said, he solved a few problems that I couldn’t. Looking through the now-public source will provide a great deal of insight, for which I am extremely grateful.