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osOpinion: Who Redhat Should Really Buy

Dec 03, 1999, 06:42 (25 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patrick Narkinsky)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"However, there is still a problem. The QPL. Yes, yes, I know that it has been blessed by all the appropriate open source luminaries. I know that even RMS has admitted that it is "Open Source". But it is still a screwball license. It still doesn't make it really easy for adaptive development of the QT library. And it acts as a complete damper to porting KDE software to other platforms (for example, BeOS). You may say that you don't care about other platforms. But someday we will come up with a next generation of X, and the QPL will stand staunchly athwart the porting of KDE and its applications to that environment."

"In other words, we still have a problem. And since the Harmony project seems to have fallen by the wayside, there is no end in site."

"Well, I have a suggestion: Redhat should buy Troll Tech and place QT under the LGPL or BSD licenses. Let's face it: they have the money. I doubt that Troll Tech would be TOO antagonistic since they are obviously interested in Free Software (they are giving away their life's blood to support Free Software). And Heaven knows that Redhat has the money. This is strikingly similar to what they did in buying Cygnus: it secures the future of a critical component to the Linux system. And is a far better place to put their money than buying Corel."

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