news.kde.org: Interview: Trolltech's President Eirik Eng
Sep 25, 2001, 12:00 (23 Talkback[s])
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Eirik Eng (A). We typically generate
50% of our income from Duo Packs -- these are licenses to develop
on Windows and Unix. We also generate around 20% of sales from
Qt/Embedded, and the rest is from single platform Qt licenses.
Q. Do you feel you are losing money because of
A. We had the same rate of growth before the
change in license. In the very early years, we were afraid that if
we GPLed Qt, someone with more development muscle would create a
hostile fork of Qt and, in a sense, take over our only product. You
just don't take any chances with your only bread and butter.
So, as soon as we felt that we could outrun anyone trying to
make a hostile fork, we switched to using the GPL. The switch did
not affect our customers, and it had very little practical impact
on the Open Source community. But the symbolic effect was
astronomical. My inbox was flooded with "thank you" e-mails for
quite some time.