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Novell Denies Rumors Of Qt Standardization

Mar 30, 2004, 21:00 (38 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jacqueline Emigh)

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 today.

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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