Win32 native port

Wed Jul 30 20:18:42 CEST 2003

 --- Bill Baxter <baxter at> escribió: > I
just wanted to send you guys my words of
> encouragement on your GPL 
> port of Qt to native win32.  I am a graduate student
> and I make mostly 
> research prototype apps -- nothing for sale. 
> Typically I prefer to work 
> on Windows, but I like to maintain portability
> because many of the 
> people I work with use only Linux.   I used the Qt
> 2.3 non-commercial 
> version for a while on research projects until I
> discovered that 
> TrollTech actually considers academic research a
> commercial activity!  
> How bizarre is that?  I don't have any problem with
> making my source 
> code available under the GPL, I just want to be able
> to use Qt because 
> it is a great toolkit, and be able to use it on both
> Linux and Windows.
> I know a lot of people have voiced the opinion that
> making a port to 
> native win32 is going to kill TrollTech, but I can
> say at least from my 
> perspective, not having a GPL version of Qt for
> Windows has basically 
> kept me from using it, and kept me from recommending
> it to my 
> collegues.  These days I suggest wxWindows instead,
> athough I find it 
> much more difficult to work with than Qt.  Anyway,
> the point is I think 
> TrollTech is missing out on the opportunity to win
> over easily 
> influenced young minds because of their guarded,
> somewhat 
> user-antagonistic stance on licensing the Windows
> version of their 
> product.  There is a way to get Qt free for the
> classroom, but for some 
> reason they don't extend this to all academic
> activities.
> Anyway, I just wanted to encourage your efforts! 
> Maybe I'll even see if 
> I can contribute a bit of my time to the effort, in
> between trying to 
> graduate.
That would be great, for now the mostly of the work
had be done by Richard, and i was made some
improvements but still doesn't submit it. Actually
Richard and I are the active developers in this
project, and would be great to have another pepople
helping us to acvieve this task.
And as you i always had desired to have a GPL version
of QT on Windows, because i'm teacher in a University
but i can't recommend to students to use QT because
it's not available on Windows.

Best Regards ...
> --Bill
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