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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RE[2]: paying
by on Sat 5th Nov 2005 22:41 UTC in reply to "RE: paying"

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*Yes, $3300 for just Linux, then $4950 for two platforms and $6600 for 3 platforms and all of that is for ONE developer. Could you imagine how much money a small company would have to pay to develop on Linux? WOW!

Let's see. (I'd probably better check your figures, but I'll just take them at face value for now).

Assuming the company is in Germany, OK? Assuming it has 6 developers. Assuming 3 of them work with Qt, and they develop multi-platform. Ready?

1st year:
+ 3x annual wage, plus health, tax, insurance:
(per developer 50.000.- )........ 210.000.- EUR
+ 3x license (a 6.600.- )............. 19.800.- EUR

2nd year:
+ 3x annual wage, plus health, tax, insurance:
(per developer 70.000.- )........ 210.000.- EUR
+ 3x license (a 0.000.- ).............. 0.000.- EUR

It's less than a 10% increase of costs in the 1st year, just compared with wages, and 0% increase in all the following years.

Trolltech licenses includes world-class support. They are known to make developers so much more productive and writing code that contains far fewer bugs. It allows them to sell any amount of derived software, on any platform.

I call this a bargain.

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RE[3]: paying
by japail on Sun 6th Nov 2005 06:39 in reply to "RE[2]: paying"
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Since you're calculating for us, perhaps you can do the same for programmers in India, Russia, or Poland. While we're at it, how many third-party commercial widget and theme providers are there for Qt? Am I going to be able to license third-party controls not available as part of the Qt framework, or am I going to have to mine them from KDE? How much should I expect to license these components? If there isn't such an industry around the toolkit, could I save more money by hiring fewer programmers proficient with something else than hiring more to build all of my own widgets not included in the toolkit?

None of this is as simplistic as you want it to be. TT has produced an excellent portable C++ toolkit, and I think it's obviously the best of its kind, but it's not exactly blazing through the proprietary software development world.

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