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CNET News.com: Barrier lowered between Linux interfaces

Sep 06, 2000, 00:46 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Trolltech announced yesterday that the next version of its Qt software library will be released under the General Public License, the mainstay of the open-source world that has produced Linux and several other significant software packages."

"The change means the KDE user interface, which is based on Trolltech's Qt, will now compete on a more equal technical basis with the Gnome user interface, which is based on the GTK+ library. In a series of flame wars in recent years, debaters have often focused on the legal underpinnings of the two user interfaces."

"It's the second time Trolltech has moved toward the open-source community's preferences. In March 1999, Trolltech changed Qt's license to a new creation called the Q Public License. In remarks posted at the open-source programmer site Freshmeat, Trolltech programmers Eirik Eng and Matthias Ettrich wrote, "We want to give a strong sign that we have never wanted to control the graphical interface" of Unix or Linux."

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