Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Aug 2009 17:25 UTC
SuSE, openSUSE On August 4 we discussed the possibility of openSUSE defaulting to KDE during the installation routine. This was raised as a feature request within the openSUSE community, and quickly gained the favour of many, become the most popular request. The openSUSE board and variousother leader within the project have discussed the issue, and have decided that yes, from now on, openSUSE will default to KDE during the installation process.
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RE[4]: Somewhat odd ?
by segedunum on Fri 21st Aug 2009 00:09 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Somewhat odd ?"
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....but if I were selling a Linux distro I would want to make it a nice target for proprietary developers. Having Qt with the GPL/paid licences made this realistically impossible...

I never cease to be amused that this reasoning still exists even years later.

How many proprietary developers got on board with SLED because they wanted to develop for nothing? None, that's how many. The first complaint that anyone seems to make is that the LGPLed alternatives like GTK and Gnome's libraries are just totally unacceptable to develop for. The fact that you can develop for nothing never seems to outweigh that observation. If that were the case then Microsoft would have made Visual Studio free years ago to bolster Windows's installed base still further, but they don't because developers are OK with paying for it. There also wouldn't be a developer tools market worth billions either. The second complaint is that any Linux distribution is a PITA to install software on, but that is a perennial issue I'm not sure will be solved completely.

Fast forward a few years and Qt has been LGPLed, but that's not why people are excited. They are excited because Qt is actually half-decent first and foremost. The LGPL license has just been a bonus that will boost Qt's usage, but Qt got to being half-decent by being funded through its dual license. It remains to be seen whether Qt Software and Nokia can keep it focused.

...but I really don't think KDE stood a chance there with that old Qt licencing issue.

Fast forward several years and SLED hasn't stood a chance nor has it attracted any proprietary developers writing applications that would attract businesses to using it. If that was what the decision for SLED was at least partially based on then we can conclusively say that it has failed.

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