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Why on earth would I want to use this?!

Because you can write web applications without having to use crippled, half baked JS frameworks. GUI programming was solved over a decade ago. The things we do in the browser these days, in terms of complicated web apps, mostly consist of reinventing the wheel. Backbone, ember, knockout, etc are all toys with missing wheels in comparison to a serious GUI toolkit. In contrast, Qt is well tested, very well designed and elegant. It's been around since 1992 - 21 years old!

I will take the desktop over the web any day for complex applications.

My experience in web development projects makes me every day more convinced that the only thing the browser is good for, is documents.

Porting 'legacy' QT apps with too much functionality in the QT bits to a browser hosted environment could, I imagine, form a case in favor of simplifying software delivery. (That, or forcing a desktop upgrade to i7's. Think of the kickback opportunities!)

I'd rather just ship a Qemu image. Or have OSes handle sandboxing properly, and make it possible to run native apps off the web directly.

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