GTK vs QTopia vs Android - (was: Re: Android needsapplications) (will be: new vision for openmoko)

Lorn Potter lpotter at
Sun Nov 18 21:23:21 CET 2007

Marcelo Lira wrote:
>  >>License fees for Qtopia (and Qt) are a pittance compared to the fees of
>  >>even one engineer for one year for any company
> Yes I agree with you before you said it:
>  > Look that the pricing is not the most importante issue
>  >>You can influence directly the development of Qtopia very easily.
> It appears more that you can assist the development than decide its future.
> I agree that the patent argument is an issue to every company, but these 
> days who isn't violating another company software patent? The security 
> that Qtopia offers over projects like OpenMoko or Maemo is some patent 
> arsenal from Trolltech, or some agreement like the Novell-Microsoft one? 
> If I'm following correctly almost every opensource project should be 
> judged dangerous by the companies.

Trolltech has no patent arsenal, and is against them.

Distributing opensource can be dangerous, especially when audio/video 
codecs are concerned. Many need to be properly licensed to be distributed.

I was speaking of code diligence, and knowing exactly where and when any 
line of code came from and being able to track it. Trolltech has 
(opensource) code that cannot be worked on by citizens of certain 
countries due to export restrictions.

Lorn 'ljp' Potter
Software Engineer, Systems Group, MES, Trolltech

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