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January 28, 2008 10:17 AM PST

Trolltech has been getting some press lately. Recently they decided to open QT for Windows to the GPL. Previously only the Linux and Mac versions were GPL. This means that it is even easier to write cross platform GUI apps. This move also gives a boost to running KDE on Windows. KDE is a rich, platform neutral application development / desktop platform. Not everyone thinks making it easier to run open-source apps on Windows is a good idea. The project leads however argue that making it easier for Windows users to experience and develop open source apps will make any OS migration that much easier in the future.

To make things more interesting, it looks like Nokia just acquired Trolltech for somewhere around 150 million dollars equivalent in stock. Since Trolltech has really been putting emphasis in their mobile platform, Qtopia, this move is not surprising. This should give Nokia more ammunition against Google's Gphone platform, Android.

Comments (2)
Paul, January 28, 2008 10:57 AM:

I can't think of one QT or GTK based application that looks decent on Windows or Mac. Cross platform toolkits produce ugly applications.

John, January 28, 2008 11:58 AM:

Well I guess ugly is in the eye of the beholder. Some of these KDE 4 apps look better on Windows than some native tools I use.

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