They aren't reinventing the wheel, it's GTK. And as far as GPL not being important, I think you miss the point of the entire project. Open source isn't just about free software, it's about a free community.
<br><br><div><span class="gmail_quote">On 8/24/07, <b class="gmail_sendername">wim delvaux</b> <<a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a>> wrote:</span><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="border-left: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); margin: 0pt 0pt 0pt 0.8ex; padding-left: 1ex;">
HI all,<br><br>Champion of open source and user of familiar on Ipaq when time was new, i<br>wonder if it was such a good idea to rewrite from scratch an entire GUI<br>system.<br><br>Knowing that the device is now about 6 months late and looking at the overall
<br>stability and completeness of the GUI (List of issues is still long perhaps<br>too long ?) I wonder if it would not have been a better solution to put<br>things like QTopia on the phone. I mean, how long will it still take to get
<br>things to this level<br>(<a href="http://trolltech.com/products/qtopia/learnmore/screenshots4/?searchterm=screenshots">http://trolltech.com/products/qtopia/learnmore/screenshots4/?searchterm=screenshots</a>) ?<br><br>
Perhaps with a different style or something but at least QTopia has been<br>around for quite a few years, sporting a nice portfolio of apps, having a<br>nice ,portable and powerfull GUI library.<br><br>I know that the software is not fully GPL and FREE but what REALLY is Fully
<br>free ? AFAIK you can mess around with qtopia ad lib (hey, look at opie's<br>fork), sources are available, support is great (KDE ...) and for FIC's sake,<br>they can focus there entire resource of a great phone.
<br><br>For me, the free community does not need (really) a new GUI library. It needs<br>a good phone ! Our interest lies in having a nicely featured device available<br>so that we hackers can release our creativity and write apps that users like
<br>and not - yet again - re-invent the wheel to start all over again. And for<br>what ? For a theme ? For true GPL ? ...<br><br>So what about porting QTopia to the NEO as backup scenario ? I.e. how much<br>more delays can we afford ?
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