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BeOpen.com: Interview with Warrick Allison of Troll Tech's Qt Library

Jun 13, 2000, 12:42 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

"...We have a lot of people come to us and say, "I want to write an Open Source product." When they say that, they don't always understand what an Open Source product is. For example, they say, "We want to write this Open Source product and suddenly later down the line, we want to make it commercial." In other words, what they're saying is, "We want somebody else to write it for us, and then we'll sell it later."

"People like that, we try to say, "Either do it properly. Do it as Open Source or don't do it as Open Source." There are advantages in not using Open Source. You can make more money in the short term and spend that on developers all over and get some sort of product. We don't steer people either way, really."

"The purpose of us having two licenses is because we want people who want to write Open Source software to be able to do it with no ties to us at all. They can use version 2.1 of Qt forever, and modify it to their heart's content. We don't want people to be tied to us, and we don't want people to feel like they're tied to us."

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