GUI development in C++

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    GUI development in C++

    Hi,
    I am working on an open source academic project in c++. It will be used by a large community of scientific users. I need to develop a GUI in c++ that will be able to work on Linux/Unix, Mac and windows. Can anyone suggest a GUI development library that I could use? The application I am working on is not commercial, and it is provided open source. So, I need to use a library that I can use for free.
    Thanks in advance for your help
    Mark

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    wxWidgets is a good choice:

    http://www.wxwidgets.org
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    Woop?

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    Another option is using Windows 32 API, but you have to use emulator (Wine) on Unix/Linux...
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    Thanks

    Thanks for your replies.
    What do you think of Qt? It can be used for free if the software being developed is distributed under the GPL.
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    Qt is most supported by KDE, but it can be also used with other operation systems (MacOS, Windows, ..).

    Yet another possible way (similar to Wine, as I suggested before) is using .NET technology, which is being developed by Microsoft, but with Mono it can be also used on Linux/Unix/MacOS systems. Mono's graphical systems are GTK# and Qt#.
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