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Linux, QT, LGPL and the Desktop

January 27, 2009

About two weeks ago, I got a call from Christian Gross , SD West Advisory Board member and resident idea guy. Now anyone who knows me, knows that I work East Coast hours despite living on the West Coast, so I often get early morning calls from Christian, since he's in Zurich. He has a lot of crazy ideas, and that's what we love about him. His crazy ideas are often proven to be more prescient than crazy. 

His latest lightbulb? Linux may finally have a shot at conquering the desktop--thanks to Nokia's purchase of Trolltech and the decision to make QT LGPL. In the past, QT was available under GPL and a commercial license. If you wanted to develop commercial apps, you had to fork over nearly  5K  for the multiplatform license. 

This morning I find this posting on slashdot and, in a aside, it looks like Ubuntu Mobile may be switching from Gnome to QT thanks to the LGPL change.

So is this really a turning point for Linux on the desktop? Or will Windows still dominate? Let me know what you think: tcarter@techweb.com

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