How are the packages vim-gtk and vim-gnome different from each other? I've tried both and the resulting Gvim feels the same (to me). If there is no difference, why are both packages maintained?


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Both packages provide the same application, but compiled with different dependencies (e.g. vim-gnome depends on libgnome2). Vim-gtk is important only to people who use Kubuntu (or some lightweight desktop environment) and don't want to install GNOME libraries. If you use the standard Ubuntu desktop, the dependencies are already present, and you can safely use vim-gnome. I agree that it could be confusing.

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    So then, what is the difference between libgnome and libgtk?
    – HRJ
    Commented Aug 20, 2011 at 6:46
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    libgnome2 is dropped from GNOME3. So what will the difference be in gtk3 world of things?
    – Dima
    Commented Dec 17, 2011 at 0:53
  • Seems like vim-gnome still has libgnome2-0 as a dependency, while both vim-gnome and vim-gtk depend on libgtk2.0-0.
    – Victor
    Commented Feb 18, 2013 at 23:49
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    So, what benefits does libgnome bring to vim now?? The added dependency will not be there for no reason?! Commented Sep 5, 2016 at 11:19
  • See GNOME Libraries Overview Commented Sep 24, 2020 at 3:58

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