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Slashdot: TheKompany's Shawn Gordon Responds In Full

Jul 21, 2001, 12:01 (4 Talkback[s])

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Shawn Gordon of TheKompany answers questions posed by Slashdot readers in this interview. Interesting answers to questions about his outfit's business model, its relationship to Ximian, and the competition his commercial products face from no-cost alternatives:

"We've been taking a more Qt centric approach of late. It is an old argument that Linux has to have a Quicken/Word/Excel workalike before users will abandon Windows. Another way of approaching this is to deliver the Linux applications on Windows. It will be much easier to get a user to move to Kapital from Quicken if they don't have to move from Windows to Linux at the same time. Eventually the user realizes they can move to Linux just by changing the OS, without incurring any other costs (as, for example with BlackAdder and DataArchitect, when they buy the Linux version they also get the Windows version -- they don't pay again when moving OS).

We've also recently signed an agreement to provide some of our products for BSD. If this proves to be popular then we will make all of our products available on BSD. Another advantage of the Qt approach is that there is much less to worry about for installation thus making more platforms much easier to support.

I do want to say that our more Qt centric approach is not taking away from our KDE'ness. We are building some infrastructure so that our apps continue to look and behave properly under KDE when they are just Qt."

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