Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Aug 2012 20:31 UTC, submitted by Jarle Anfinsen
Qt Digia has announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire the Qt software technologies and Qt business from Nokia. Digia has sent a letter to the KDE team that it intends to pretty much continue what Trolltech and Nokia built up, so not a whole lot ought to change for KDE - luckily.
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Digia VS Trolltech
by moltonel on Fri 10th Aug 2012 08:07 UTC
moltonel
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2006-02-24

Certainly good news in the sense that it's not a good thing to belong to a corporation that has demonstrated suicidal tendencies.

But it's not going to be an easy ride for Digia either. The founding company Trolltech eventually gave up, after all. Digia was (I assume) already profitable with their Qt business, but adding 125 engineer salaries to their balance sheet is going to take a toll. Their earnings will have to increase quite a bit as a result of the whole operation. What was nice with Nokia is that Qt was just a minor item in their balance sheet; they could afford to lose money on it. Digia cannot afford that, they have to make money on Qt.

I wish Digia all the best, and will make sure to point to them if somebody requires Qt trqining or support.

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RE: Digia VS Trolltech
by ThomasFuhringer on Fri 10th Aug 2012 13:18 in reply to "Digia VS Trolltech"
ThomasFuhringer Member since:
2007-01-25

It remains to be seen if Digia really will keep all of those 125 engineers on the payroll. Perhaps they mainly wanted control of Qt. And I am sure they did not pay much for it.

I am not sure you can say Trolltech gave up. After all the owners received $150 mn for it. Quite jucy.

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RE: Digia VS Trolltech
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 10th Aug 2012 13:28 in reply to "Digia VS Trolltech"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Based on their statement, it sounds as if they will continue to pursue Qt as a cross platform mobile toolkit. Sort of like what the Mono company is doing. The desktop versions will continue to be free, but the mobile SDK will not. As much as I don't like that, its better than Qt disappearing completely. I would ask them to undercut mobile mono, its too much for a single indi developer who releases his apps for free.

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RE[2]: Digia VS Trolltech
by shmerl on Fri 10th Aug 2012 20:06 in reply to "RE: Digia VS Trolltech"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

Where did you see that the mobile SDK will not be free?

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RE: Digia VS Trolltech
by bitwelder on Fri 10th Aug 2012 14:19 in reply to "Digia VS Trolltech"
bitwelder Member since:
2010-04-27

Digia cannot afford that, they have to make money on Qt.

Which in a way it would guarantee that Digia will be pushed to do their best to continue the success of Qt.

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RE: Digia VS Trolltech
by dsmogor on Sun 12th Aug 2012 09:37 in reply to "Digia VS Trolltech"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

The desktop ecosystem around QT is healthy. This announcement only secures the 3rd party companies investments. The only dark cloud is Windows8 rejection of OpenGL in metro mode which creates a lot of technical difficulties for pushing QT forward for the consumer. The companies that used it for consumer apps will probably pass this time leaving QT for industrial applications only. The mobile side is cast in doubt even more. MeeGo hangs on a thread (Yolla is a young company and Intel was forced to pass it on smartphones, it's fate on IVI Tizen is unknown) , QT5 needs a lot of work yet and what is worse won't be available on its biggest installed base to date: Symbian.
RIM fate is unknown as yet. IOS should be easy to port but Apple may still reject it using QML scripting argument as pretext.
Google could be a better match (they probably support native ogl activities), in general I believe QT would be a great native counterpart for java esp. it's qml api is way easier to get 60fps fluid ui, having a qml java bridge (one that performs) would be a match made in heaven.

Edited 2012-08-12 09:39 UTC

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RE[2]: Digia VS Trolltech
by Nth_Man on Tue 14th Aug 2012 14:08 in reply to "RE: Digia VS Trolltech"
Nth_Man Member since:
2010-05-16

Yolla is a young company

Just a thing: it's "Jolla". There they publish their news:
https://twitter.com/jollamobile

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