Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 23rd Nov 2005 18:54 UTC
GTK+ The GIMP toolkit (GTK+) matures to include yet another platform. This project aims to bring native GTK+ support to the Apple Mac OS X platform. The basic implementation is sponsored by Imendio AB and the work so far has been done by Anders Carlsson (of Imendio).
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RE: Why will they succeed
by segedunum on Thu 24th Nov 2005 15:04 UTC in reply to "Why will they succeed"
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4.)They are a great bunch of people with a good business model.


Imendio has invested approximately $25000 to date and are aiming to continue to support this open project.

This has been tried by many companies, including Eazel and Ximian in the past, and they simply haven't survived. They've got bogged down by their attachment to the software and religious arguments than they have by their attachment to staying in business.

Other factors that
have made GTK+ successful include:

* The licensing model (LGPL)

I never fail to be amazed by these companies that will blow money they haven't got on this stuff in order to allow others to develop everything for free. There must be some extremely well hidden revenue stream I'm not seeing here....... Creating a cross platform technology that works well on even one platform takes a lot of focused time and effort.

Of course sensible businesses out there buy a cross-platform toolkit that actually works today, save themselves up to $20,000+ (and more - that's an open-ended figure there) and actually write applications that are useful to people that they can sell and will keep them in business. But, you know.....

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