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NewsForge: Trolltech: A Case Study in Open Source Business

Oct 18, 2005, 19:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Chance)

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"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,' pronounced 'cute...'"

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