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LinuxWorld: Enrolling in Qt University

Mar 18, 2001, 16:39 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"It worked for Apple, but not for Oracle. Now Trolltech will try to catch customers while they're still in college with its Qt University program. By giving away Qt to computer science departments Trolltech hopes to create a new crop of Qt developers. If the strategy works, GNOME may face an uphill battle versus KDE...."

"Qt has three things going for it that are more important than pure technology: a foot in the door of major universities, a promising start in embedded systems, and good portability (you can compile Qt applications to run on Windows and there are plans for portability to other systems)."

"Addressing the first point, Trolltech is about to announce a program called Qt University. Right now universities have to pay license fees to teach Qt on Windows. The only way a computer science department could give students free hands-on experience with Qt was to use Linux, because there was no free edition of Qt for Windows. Now, through the Qt University education program, Trolltech is planning to give away free site licenses for the Windows version of Qt to computer science departments."

"Obviously, this is a win-win arrangement for Trolltech and the universities that choose to participate. Universities will get freebie toolkits for the Windows platform and Trolltech will get thousands more developers that will doubtlessly know and love Qt."

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