Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Thu 7th Aug 2008 05:35 UTC, submitted by Ali
Mozilla & Gecko clones The Mozilla and Nokia teams have been working hard to port Firefox 3 and the Mozilla Platform to Qt and there are now some solid results available from their efforts. An experimental build of Firefox Qt is available and you can download the sources from Mozilla's mercurial repository. The plan is to merge the Qt branch into the central Mozilla branch to make the port official.
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Great news for KDE4
by kunaldeo on Thu 7th Aug 2008 07:49 UTC
kunaldeo
Member since:
2007-04-26

wow this will make KDE4 experience make smooth. Personally I hate few GTK widgets (apparently there are no alternatives for them).QT is the better toolkit but License is not very friendly as the case with GTK. So If somebody wants to build commercial product out of Firefox-QT he have to pay troll tech. Not the case with WxWindows or GTK.

This is the primary reason why majority of commercial and Open Source project goes with GTK or WxWindows and not QT.

Lets hope that the scenario will change.

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RE: Great news for KDE4
by danieldk on Thu 7th Aug 2008 09:34 in reply to "Great news for KDE4"
danieldk Member since:
2005-11-18

So If somebody wants to build commercial product out of Firefox-QT he have to pay troll tech. Not the case with WxWindows or GTK.


Sure, but the Trolltech folks need food to write such a great toolkit ;) .

This is the primary reason why majority of commercial and Open Source project goes with GTK or WxWindows and not QT.


There are plenty of commercial products using Qt, and as you know one of the two major *NIX desktop environments.

Though, I wonder what happens when Nokia pushes Qt more on mobile devices. Apple, Google (Android), and others don't require developers to pay fees to use a toolkit to write commercial applications for their smartphones. (Of course, there is a fee for providing apps through the Apple app store.)

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RE[2]: Great news for KDE4
by kunaldeo on Thu 7th Aug 2008 10:09 in reply to "RE: Great news for KDE4"
kunaldeo Member since:
2007-04-26

I agree with you.

QT is an excellent toolkit and it will need commercial support. I see KDE4 as an excellent example for possibilities around KDE4.

BTW. I have compiled the QT version of the firefox. Working good, excellent port considering this is the pre-alpha version.

http://picasaweb.google.com/kunaldeo2006/FirefoxQT/photo#5231714920...

http://picasaweb.google.com/kunaldeo2006/FirefoxQT/photo#5231714919...

http://picasaweb.google.com/kunaldeo2006/FirefoxQT/photo#5231714920...

I specially love the Save diaglogs. Because I hate GTK Save and Open dialogs.

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RE: Great news for KDE4
by Redeeman on Thu 7th Aug 2008 14:23 in reply to "Great news for KDE4"
Redeeman Member since:
2006-03-23

wow this will make KDE4 experience make smooth. Personally I hate few GTK widgets (apparently there are no alternatives for them).QT is the better toolkit but License is not very friendly as the case with GTK. So If somebody wants to build commercial product out of Firefox-QT he have to pay troll tech. Not the case with WxWindows or GTK.

This is the primary reason why majority of commercial and Open Source project goes with GTK or WxWindows and not QT.

Lets hope that the scenario will change.

not so.. people can easily build commercial products with it, and not have to pay trolltech anything..

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RE: Great news for KDE4
by FunkyELF on Thu 7th Aug 2008 14:47 in reply to "Great news for KDE4"
FunkyELF Member since:
2006-07-26

So If somebody wants to build commercial product out of Firefox-QT he have to pay troll tech. Not the case with WxWindows or GTK.


That is only if there are changes to the underlying firefox or qt code. If your product is implemented as an extension or an add-on, then you're fine.

I like all these little license workarounds. Can't have the Nvidia driver link against Linux?...create an open source abstraction layer and you're fine.

Can't have ZFS link against Linux?...create an open source abstraction layer and link against that.

Can't link against a Qt based browser?...good thing that browser has an extension API.

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RE: Great news for KDE4
by aseigo on Thu 7th Aug 2008 15:26 in reply to "Great news for KDE4"
aseigo Member since:
2005-07-06

This is the primary reason why majority of commercial and Open Source project goes with GTK or WxWindows and not QT.


where, exactly, are you getting your data from? because the numbers i have show a lot more commercial Qt apps out there than Gtk+ apps, and scads of open source projects.

if you're comparing the apps that commonly come to mind to linux desktop users, e.g. "vm ware, acrobat and firefox" vs "google earth and skype", i can understand how you might come to this perception.

but the reality is that Qt is use a lot more than Gtk is in industry.

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