Linked by Andrew Youll on Wed 6th Jul 2005 06:25 UTC, submitted by Timothy R. Butler
Qt Thinking on the issue of licensing and KDE, an old hymn came to the mind of OfB's Tim Butler. "As it was in the beginning, is now, And ever shall be…" Yes, the issue of licensing has been a perennial problem for the Free/Open Source desktop and he suggests its biggest licensing issue remains: the GPL. Read more at
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Actually there is a lot non-GPL GTK-software and have been for a long time, examples are the Yahoo and AOL official Linux/Unix chat clients, the Netscape browser, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Applixware Office used GTK, the Opera browser shipping with the Nokia 770 is using GTK, Wing IDE, Real Player and more.

Fair enough. But there's nothing like the shareware scene you have for Mac OS X. I was pretty surprised when I started getting the Mac magazines (Mac Format, MacWorld) here in the UK and discovered that most of the software on the cover disks is either shareware, demo or by-agreement free beer. The vast majority of GTK software is open-source, and even Netscape is just a closed variant of a free package (Firefox).

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