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Inclusion of Qt in Ubuntu 11.10 is a win for developers

Jan 21, 2011, 14:33 (6 Talkback[s])
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"In an announcement published today on his personal blog, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth revealed that Nokia's Qt toolkit will be included as a standard component in future versions of Ubuntu. The move will pave the way for applications built with Qt to become a part of the popular Linux distribution.

"Qt's numerous technical advantages, excellent cross-platform compatibility, and strong positioning in the mobile space are making it an attractive choice for third-party developers and commercial ISVs. Supporting Qt out-of-the-box on Ubuntu could help bring more software to the platform and will help to accelerate third-party application development. The move could be viewed as controversial, however—as a GNOME-based distribution, Ubuntu has historically been aligned with the competing Gtk+ toolkit.

"Historical background

"Applications for the Linux desktop have historically been developed with either Gtk+ or Qt, the two dominant open source widget toolkits. Qt was originally created by Trolltech, a commercial software vendor that offered the toolkit under a dual-licensing model. Linux distributors and major commercial vendors in the Linux ecosystem largely standardized around Gtk+ during the early days of the Linux desktop because its permissive licensing made it a less expensive choice for proprietary software vendors."

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