Novell Denies Rumors Of Qt Standardization

By Jacqueline Emigh
Linux Today Writer

Novell officials have refuted industry rumors that Novell will
standardize on the Qt development environment for its desktop
software. Instead, Novell will continue to support Qt, Gtk, VCL,
XUL, and other development toolkits, a Novell spokesperson said

The Qt rumors got sparked by an article that ran in the German
publication Heise. Posted later to online publications NewsForge
and Slashdot.org, the German article quoted Novell Vice Chairman
Chris Stone as making the statement about Qt standardization during
a keynote speech at Novell’s BrainShare conference last week.

Stone, however, was misquoted, according to Novell’s
spokesperson. The reporter for the German publication “made a
mistake,” he said. The spokesperson pointed to a response in
Slashdot from Novell’s Nat Friedman as containing the correct
information about Novell’s plans for tools support.

In his response on Slashdot yesterday, Friedman denied that
Stone made any statement about Qt standardization during the
keynote. To back this up, Friedman provided a link to a video of
the keynote.

“We support development with a variety of toolkits, and our
internal development with a variety of toolkits, and our internal
development is done using the right tool for the right problem.
This includes Qt, Gtk, VCL, and others, depending on the
application,” Friedman wrote within his response on Slashdot.

In a later reply on Slashdot, a reader questioned whether
Friedman still holds the title of Novell/SUSE Linux Development
Lead, which is the title Friedman used in posting his response.

The Novell spokesperson confirmed today that Friedman is indeed
Linux Development Lead at Novell/SUSE.

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