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LinuxDevices.com: Installing the Qt Palmtop Environment on the iPAQ

Feb 03, 2001, 12:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jerry Epplin)

"This article is the fourth in a LinuxDevices.com series on Exploring Linux PDA Software Alternatives by Jerry Epplin that explores the history, status, alternative architectures, and future developments of Linux on PDAs and handheld devices."

"The handhelds.org distribution uses the X window system, an appropriate choice for a high-end PDA like the iPAQ. But several companies provide GUI development environments implemented directly on the Linux framebuffer device, an approach that results in more efficient use of resources at the expense of the flexibility of X. One such development environment is the Qt Palmtop Environment (QPE) by Trolltech, the developers of the Qt GUI framework."

"In this article, I will discuss what QPE is and what's unique about it, explain how to obtain and install it, and review its operation and utility as a developer's tool."

"Besides having good licensing terms, Trolltech's products are all extremely well documented. It would be hard to find a better documented open-source API than Qt. An excellent online API reference, manuals, and tutorials are available at doc.trolltech.com. And because of its popularity with desktop GUI developers there are many third-party books on Qt available (including one in the popular "SAMS Teach Yourself" series)."

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