Originally Posted by Quasimojo
I recently installed Linux to dual boot on my laptop and wanted a desktop environment for C++ programming. I had settled on Qt as my toolkit of choice and the Qt Creator IDE, so Chakra, with its extensive (exclusive?) commitment to KDE looked like it might be a suitable distro. The more I read about it and the more apps I found that required GTK+ (GIMP for example), the more I was convinced to opt for a more mature distro.
I ended up going with Fedora, for what it's worth.
Sorry, you've lost me as I don' understand how those points are all related.
Fair enough you wanted a more mature distro, but Fedora is as bleeding edge as Arch / Chakra is. So while Fedora might be more mature (in the sense of established community) than Chakra, I wouldn't say it's any more stable than Arch. I do think you're right for wanting to pick a more stable platform for development though I'm not really sure what distro I personally would recommend as I just use a bleeding edge distro myself.
Also, why would the prevalence of GTK affect your decision for what distro to run? GTK will run just as well on Chakra as any other distro. It's a bit like how Windows has .NET, MFC, DirectX and a whole plethora of other toolkits that sit on the shoulders of the aforementioned. Linux has Qt, GTK and a number of others (most of which I can never remember).
I'm glad you singled out GIMP as your GTK example (not sure if that was intentional -for reasons I'll explain in a moment- or funny coincidence) because it was actually GIMP that GTK was originally developed for (it was even named after it: G
Qt Creator is a lovely IDE though - once you get your heard around some of the quirky layout design decisions that is - and Qt is an awesome toolkit.