Qtopia questions

Lorn Potter lpotter at trolltech.com
Fri Jul 25 22:45:25 CEST 2008

Al Iasid wrote:
> Hi, I'm using Qtopia on my new Freerunner and enjoying the software
> and the hardware. Please excuse the noob questions below. They're
> sincere and aren't meant to incite debate. My apologies if these have
> been answered already.
> 1. Are there plans to maintain ongoing development/support of regular
> (non-X) Qtopia for the Freerunner? Or, will developers shift focus to
> work on the Qtopia-on-X (ASU?) distributions?

Qtopia is developed by Trolltech/Nokia. WE are using it as our current 
Qtopia SDK platform.

> 2. Will fixes move back and forth between regular Qtopia and Qtopia-on
> -X (ASU) in the future?

Yes, depending what the 'fix' actually does.

> 3. Can I realistically use Python to develop apps for Qtopia? (I see
> "Python...Yes" on the Distributions page, but I don't find much when
> using Google.) What I'm trying to ask is: Is Python used frequently
> and easily?
> 4. Is the model for Qtopia open-source, but managed by
> Trolltech-Nokia? That is, do outside developers submit changes to
> standard Qtopia?

Qtopia development is fairly closed. We do take contributions, depending 
on our roadmap, but consider that we need to sell it however we like 
(non GPL), we ask for copyright assignment, or a very liberal license 
like BSD. This is mainly for large features. Small bug fixes cannot be 
copyrighted (IMNAL) so we can take these from anyone.

Lorn 'ljp' Potter
Software Engineer, Systems Group, Trolltech, a Nokia company

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