"With a customer list that includes Opera, Skype, German
Brockhaus Encylopaedia, Google Earth, Adobe Photoshop Album, and
the KDE Project, Trolltech is obviously a successful company. It
has grown each year since it was founded by selling products that
compete with free-of-charge alternatives such as Java and .Net. It
now sponsors several free software developers who share all of
their work with the community under the GPL. Let's take a closer
look at a company that makes money from free software.
"Founded in 1994 by Haavard Nord and Eirik Chambe-Eng, the
company's goal was to create a free cross-platform GUI toolkit that
would simplify application development. Nord and Chambe-Eng
self-funded Trolltech and created a toolkit they named 'Qt,'