Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 07:04 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Yesterday we reported on GoBE Productive Software (I knew that) returning to the market with a new version, backed by an Indian firm. In addition, the source article claimed GoBE Software was closing a deal on buying the BeOS operating system from what can only be Access. During the night (as in, CET) Bruce Hammond, CEO of GoBE Software, sent me an email with a few clarifications, and I have the permission to reprint that email below. Read more for the email.
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KDE = Mac
by JCooper on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 09:15 UTC
JCooper
Member since:
2005-07-06

This is the first evidence of ISV recognition of KDE4. The work the KDE guys have put into the "pillars" of their new version mean companies like Gobe (plc/inc/corp/productive/etc) can target KDE as a base, and pretty much automatically get a Mac product also.

Great news Gobe is back, though I reserve any enthusiasm until I can see and test a killer product ;)

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RE: KDE = Mac
by kragil on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 10:26 in reply to "KDE = Mac"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

Are all "pillars" non-GPL ??

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RE[2]: KDE = Mac
by aseigo on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 17:11 in reply to "RE: KDE = Mac"
aseigo Member since:
2005-07-06

they are all LGPL. you can read the KDE licensing policy that covers these things here: http://techbase.kde.org/Policies/Licensing_Policy

as usual, it's on techbase and nicely filed in the Policies area. =)

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RE[2]: KDE = Mac
by mabhatter on Sun 27th Jan 2008 20:45 in reply to "RE: KDE = Mac"
mabhatter Member since:
2005-07-17

the problem with KDE is that QT the underlying components are Pay-for or GPL... only... they want the devloper license money so there is no LGPL. That's the main difference with Gnome being LGPL that allows developers to use the structure for free in pay-for products.

Distros like RedHat and Ubuntu feel that choosing GPL-only as a desktop will cut off ISV developer support and that Gnome with LGPL makes more sense. Considering there's the danger of the MS-Novell agreement "poisioning the [IP] water hole" so to speak TrollTech could do better if they worked the PR spin better for QT.

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RE: KDE = Mac
by fyysik on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 10:54 in reply to "KDE = Mac"
fyysik Member since:
2006-02-19

I think he rather tried to point at Qt than whole KDE.

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RE[2]: KDE = Mac
by kragil on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 11:19 in reply to "RE: KDE = Mac"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

Well, i googled and the old KDE libs seem to be LGPL, MIT or BSD .. so by licensing QT it seems to possible to build commercial cross platform appz using KDE ( prolly in Trolltechs interest tbh ).

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RE: KDE = Mac
by s_groening on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 11:44 in reply to "KDE = Mac"
s_groening Member since:
2005-12-13

KDE4 is not mentioned in the article, KDE in general is though.

Also it only suggests that QT might be the toolkit in use for the Mac version by pointing out that having a working Linux KDE port would bring them close to a Mac version as well - and quess this could be said for *BSD as well...

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RE[2]: KDE = Mac
by kragil on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 12:10 in reply to "RE: KDE = Mac"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

You are right. KDE4 was not mentioned.

But wouldnt it be the rational decision to use the crossplattform KDE4 libs + qt. It would mean just one codebase for Linux,Mac and Win32 and it would be the most future proof decision.

Just my .02€ tho ..

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RE[2]: KDE = Mac
by aseigo on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 17:13 in reply to "RE: KDE = Mac"
aseigo Member since:
2005-07-06

KDE4 was not mentioned directly, no, but then we don't have a proper native port of KDE3. You can run KDE3 apps on MacOS, but it's really not a particularly valid Linux+Mac native development strategy .. unlike KDE4 which is.

Either way, it's a nice bit of news.

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