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AllLinuxDevices: TrollTech Will Release Qt/Embedded under the GPL

Oct 30, 2000, 14:01 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

"Almost two months ago, TrollTech resolved one of the Linux community's more notable schisms with the release of their Qt/Unix toolkit under the GNU General Public License. Today the Norwegian company, citing enhanced revenues from that move as well as a desire to promote open source programming communities, announced they will do the same with their Qt/Embedded toolkit."

"As with the release of Qt/Unix under the GPL, Qt/Embedded will be placed under a dual-licensing scheme allowing developers to either use the GPL or TrollTech's standard commercial license. With this arrangement, anyone who cares to develop proprietary or closed-source software must first purchase a license from Trolltech. In addition, developers purchasing a commercial license will receive support and services unavailable to those utilizing Qt/Embedded under the GPL."

"...In an interview, TrollTech CEO Haavard Nord said his company held off on releasing Qt/Embedded under the GPL while they observed the effects the licensing change had on Qt/Unix. According to Nord, the move encouraged commercial developers interested in purchasing licenses, which "affected revenue in a positive way" as several high-profile companies including Ericsson (makers of the upcoming Linux-based ScreenPhone), Hewlett Packard, and IBM decided to adopt Qt/Unix for projects."

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