Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 1st Apr 2005 10:58 UTC
Novell and Ximian One of the highlights of Joe Barr's trip to Salt lake City last month for BrainShare 2005 was the opportunity to interview Miguel de Icaza, a mercurial star of the free software movement who has been responsible for hugely successful projects and also founded his own company with Nat Friedman that was later acquired by Novell.
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Maybe should've bought Trolltech
by Lumbergh on Fri 1st Apr 2005 18:59 UTC

Trolltech would've cost more money than Ximian because Trolltech actually makes money (I'm presuming), but if they had tried that route then Novell could have rationalized funding more KDE development.

If they had acquired Trolltech, then they could've liberalized the Qt license to compete with Gtk+ on a level playing field and also would have had much more synergy since Suse was already a KDE shop for the most part.

At this point, KDE is a non-starter for Novell since they can't go to their customers and say, "oh by the way, there's this small norweigian company that you'll have to pay $1500/per developer/per platform to write apps for if you plan on distributing".

They could have had Mono for free and just wrote Qt/KDE bindings.

In any case, it seems that Novell has to differentiate themselves from the rest of the pack. And Miguel seems to be spot on saying that pure open source is never going to cut it.