Gtk+ versus Qt
Posted Mar 22, 2007 2:57 UTC (Thu) by myopiate
Parent article: The road to freedom in the embedded world
In a sad kind of irony Nokia seems to have chosen the Gtk+ library over Qt because that would allow them to keep part of their helper library for the embedded small screen proprietary.
I don't see how this is sad or ironic. A proprietary application can be built with Qt, you just have to pay Trolltech a licensing fee. You are basically saying that the Trolltech way (either you make free software or pay me) is a more free way than licencing under LGPL (the Gtk+ way).
The "freeness" of one way over the other is debatable. In my opinion the Gtk+ way is better because the barriers to entry are smaller. I don't have to pay a license fee and I can bootstrap something that pays the bills easily. I can open source the project later if I want. The Trolltech way adds money/time expensive business transactions. Another issue is Non-GPL fee software such as Mozilla can't use Qt without paying licensing fees. Mozilla for Linux uses Gtk+.
What you are peeved about is the propietary-ness of the Nokia platform. I don't think it really has anything to do with the selection of Gtk+ over Qt.
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