Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 23rd Nov 2005 18:54 UTC
GTK+ The GIMP toolkit (GTK+) matures to include yet another platform. This project aims to bring native GTK+ support to the Apple Mac OS X platform. The basic implementation is sponsored by Imendio AB and the work so far has been done by Anders Carlsson (of Imendio).
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RE[2]: Why will they succeed
by g2devi on Thu 24th Nov 2005 17:17 UTC in reply to "RE: Why will they succeed"
g2devi
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2005-07-09

> This has been tried by many companies, including
> Eazel and Ximian in the past, and they simply haven't
> survived.

Eazel failed because they had no business plan, pure and simple. They just kept writing software long before they decided what they would do, then tried to fit their services around their invention. That's a backwards way to go about it and fails no matter what you're selling.

As for Ximian, they did quite well and got several contracts. They did so well in fact that Novell bought them up.

BTW, you fail to see the connection of

> 4.)They are a great bunch of people with a good business model. Imendio has invested approximately
> $25000 to date and are aiming to continue to support
> this open project.

and

> Other factors that have made GTK+ successful include:
> * The licensing model (LGPL)

These two are hugely related. Hans Reiser contributes to the Linux kernel because he can sell proprietary modules based off of the Reiser file system. Codeweavers has a similar model as does Transgaming. The LGPL gives them the flexibility to create a sustainable business model.

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RE[3]: Why will they succeed
by segedunum on Thu 24th Nov 2005 23:16 in reply to "RE[2]: Why will they succeed"
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

As for Ximian, they did quite well and got several contracts. They did so well in fact that Novell bought them up.

They got sold because their VCs needed to get them sold.

Hans Reiser contributes to the Linux kernel because he can sell proprietary modules based off of the Reiser file system.

What's that got to do with the LGPL? The LGPL doesn't make that happen - quite the opposite.

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