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 OfB.biz
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Where's the non-GPL GTK software?
by IndigoJo on Wed 6th Jul 2005 08:38 UTC
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I agree about the price of commercial licences for Qt - they are staggeringly high. But I suppose a big software house like Adobe has more than enough money, and they rely on those that don't being able to persuade a venture capital company to lend them a relatively small sum of money. Let's face it, ordinary people find loans for houses in London, and they cost upwards of UKP 200,000 - Qt only costs €2,630 for one platform, and twice that for all three.

Anyway what happened to all the benefits of open source? The wider range of eyes leading to bugs getting fixed quicker and more security? Anyway, where are all the little software houses developing low-cost closed software for the GTK toolkit? I've never seen closed commercial software for GTK, nor any shareware scene for Gnome. I don't think the community would accept it.

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