Linked by Andrew Youll on Sat 6th Aug 2005 08:30 UTC, submitted by tbutler
Qt In a series of articles (part I, part II) during the month of July, OfB's Timothy R. Butler explained why he felt that KDE needed to move beyond the Qt toolkit it uses as a foundation. In that series, he asserted that the licensing of Qt is becoming a stumbling block to the desktop's adoption. Eric Laffoon, the project lead for KDE's Kdewebdev module, takes exception to Butler's arguments and makes the case for his view on the issue of Qt at OfB.biz.
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RE[2]: Unless...
by remenic on Sat 6th Aug 2005 10:11 UTC in reply to "RE: Unless..."
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One possible option would be for a big company like IBM to purchase Trolltech and then redo the licensing structure to make Qt more affordable for small ISVs and remove some of the funny Trolltech restrictions (i.e. if you start developing a GPL app, you cannot then dual license this app later).

Sounds like a great idea! But you're forgetting something. Who will maintain Qt then? IBM, if there's no profit? Or maybe the community? Well, we already have a community based toolkit, they are called GTK+, FLTK, FOX, wxWidgets, and the list goes on. For some wierd reason though, they all don't match the sheer beauty of Qt (API wise).

There's a reason why Qt is as powerful as it is today. It has a dedicated, motivated team that works on it EVERY DAY. Unless you start to pay volunteers to hack on it day after day (by which they won't be volunteers anymore, but employees) you won't see Qt develop as strong as it does today.

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