[kde-solaris] Re: KDE on Solaris Companion CD
Tue Feb 25 00:12:09 2003
Previously, Eva Brucherseifer wrote:
> On Monday 24 February 2003 19:55, LeBar, Russell wrote:
> > Right. The Qt licensing issue is not that it hurts Sun directly but that it
> > might discourage some vendors from developing for the platform. But I'm not
> > sure if I really buy into that theory.
> This wasn't ment to be a theory ;-) I just wanted to clearify the QT licencing
> question. I don't know what the reasons for SUN's choice are. Maybe Gnome had
> a better timing or was more present in the US than KDE. Maybe it's because
> KDE is rather anarchistic with no real person to talk to or any other reason.
> Maybe Eric can tell us more?
I'm not the right Sun person to get into that debate. But I'm
pretty sure some of the Sun GNOME engineers participate in the
GNOME forums though, so you might want to ask your question there.
The decision to go with GNOME instead of KDE was made about three
years ago, so if a debate thread about it isn't in the archives
of this group, I'm sure several can be found in other forums.
Also, our GNOME product marketing folks have (during those three
years) put together some great PR extolling the virtues of GNOME,
so one can also learn tons about the pro-GNOME side of the issue
by browsing sun.com/gnome.
> > It's unfortunate the way things went
> > since right now KDE is looking like the better desktop.
> I never used Gnome, so I cannot compare, but I know, that Windows users have
> no problem to switch to a KDE desktop and they often like it better. I don't
> think we need to mention CDE in this comparison ;-)
> > -- Russ LeBar x3355
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Eva Brucherseifer [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> > On Monday 24 February 2003 19:22, LeBar, Russell wrote:
> > > -- Russ LeBar x3355
> > >
> > > I've heard that Qt licensing issues and most of the programmers know C
> > > but not C++ (or not as well). I'm not sure if I buy into the Qt licensing
> > issue
> > > though since didn't developers have to buy a Motif license for CDE?
> > QT is dual-licensed with QPL and GPL and you can choose which license to
> > use.
> > This means: As long as your code is opensource, you don't have to get a
> > license. If you want to develop commercial code under your own license,
> > then
> > every developer needs to buy a commercial QT license.
> > Greetings,
> > eva
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