[kde-solaris] Re: KDE on Solaris Companion CD

Fergus Wilde kde-solaris@mail.kde.org
Wed Feb 26 11:56:16 2003

On Tuesday 25 February 2003 08:25, Peter Weiss, Sun Microsystems, Germany 
> >>>>> "Bart" == Bart Whiteley <whiteley2@llnl.gov> writes:
> Bart> [...]
> Bart> I can't.  I would be very interested in hearing Sun's reasons for
> this Bart> decision, however.
> Bart> [...]
> Hello Bart,
> I think there are lots of reasons for a software developer such as Sun
> Microsystems to make Gnome the first choice:
> o Using QPL would result in high costs per user
> o Linking 3rd party applications against C++ libs is allways a nightmare
>   as it requires the same compiler the lib was build with
> o Everything that is linked against the qt lib must be provided
>   by source
> o I think it was a bad choice by Trolltech to use the GPL for the qt lib
>   instead a licence like freebsd uses

Trolltech has to make a living ... and we don't see Sun issuing too much stuff 
under the BSD licence, do we? I say this not in an effort to pick any kind of 
fight, I'm a fan of Sun, but given the problems the OpenBSD group is having 
getting adequate technical documentation out of Sun so they can develop their 
OS for UltraSparc III it sits slightly ill to hear other companies criticised 
for not issuing their work under the BSD licence.

> o And regarding the development state Gnome is about to reach the KDE's

I suppose this is a matter of taste to a large extent - but I think you'll 
find general agreement on this list that KDE remains some way ahead. 
> See also:
> http://wwws.sun.com/software/star/gnome/faq/generalfaq.html#4q0
> http://wwws.sun.com/software/whitepapers/index.html#4
> Peter

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