Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 5th Nov 2005 17:51 UTC, submitted by AdriAn Avila
Novell and Ximian Rumors circulating that Novell is going to kill off its popular Linux desktop lines are completely false. [However,] Novell is making one large strategic change. The GNOME interface is going to become the default interface on both the SLES and Novell Linux Desktop line. KDE libraries will be supplied on both, but the bulk of Novell's interface moving forward will be on GNOME. "The entire KDE graphical interface and product family will continue to be supported and delivered on OpenSuSE."
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Yes, you are right. Anything else but GPL app requires you to buy commercial development license.

And prices are insane. Insane high, I mean.

Not everyone writes GPL software, there is much more shareware than freeware, and how can one afford to even think about proffit if he has to pay 2630EUR for one workstation development desktop license? Well, in case of buying some comercial product you get cheaper license, but that doesn't mean that you can use newer Qt if any.

For example Kylix is still at Qt 2.0 (ok, there is a FreeCLX project that will support newer, but... read forward to know why but exists here) and owners of older licenses will be able to write commercial apps with 2.0 only where it doesn't matter if 4.0 is out. But on the other hand these same people will be able to write GPL software with 4? Wow, that is a real deal for anybody who bought Kylix, basically he can stick FreeCLX somewhere where the sun doesn't shine if he would like to write closed applications.

Life sucks, doesn't it?

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