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Why did Trolltech do this? What's in it for Trolltech to offer an open source license for QPE?
What's in it for Trolltech?
Posted Sep 28, 2007 11:24 UTC (Fri) by jospoortvliet (subscriber, #33164)
Just like they GPL'ed Qt, and are working with the KDE community. I think they want to work with the community on QPE as well, get FOSS developers on it. And those who want to create proprietary stuff with it have to pay them. Sounds like a sane and ethical business model to me ;-)
Posted Sep 29, 2007 19:30 UTC (Sat) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954)
Are you saying Trolltech licenses the code this way for ethical reasons, not business ones?
Posted Oct 3, 2007 15:14 UTC (Wed) by hummassa (subscriber, #307)
Posted Oct 3, 2007 23:03 UTC (Wed) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954)
I can understand how the second offering is good for business, but my question is what about the first? What is the business advantage of offering the code under GPL?
Posted Oct 4, 2007 5:27 UTC (Thu) by renox (subscriber, #23785)
You shouldn't understimate the publicity advantage provided by this..
Without the GPL offering, Trolltech would only be one software provider among many other, with it everybody in the open-source community know about them.
For Qt, even if they use the GPL code, users may buy support and for the embedded edition I doubt that many phone/PDA providers want to GPL their app so they buy the commercial edition..
Posted Oct 4, 2007 8:21 UTC (Thu) by anandsr21 (guest, #28562)
There are several.
1) Free Advertisement.
2) Training to people who may further buy the proprietary version. You could do this with NDAs but who would want to sign one.
3) Free developers.
a) People who use the GPL version may find bugs and would have an interest in getting the upstream fixed.
b) Some give ideas that may be useful.
c) Others give code with new features.
4) Free Goodwill. This last is not considered by many as a business advantage but it should be there. People will prefer to buy from an ethical company given the chance. There is a perception of a reduced chance of getting screwed by an ethical company.
Without the GPL there is nothing that differentiates Qt from others. With Qt the benefit may not be so apparent but consider why MySQL is even considered against the big brand name DBMS. You will find the GPL to be at the base of the competitiveness of MySQL.
Posted Oct 4, 2007 12:57 UTC (Thu) by obi (guest, #5784)
If they hadn't, how many of their potential customers would have chosen OpenMoko's LGPL based stack - albeit immature - over their proprietary stack? Even if it is more polished, if the mindshare is on the other side, it doesn't take long to catch up and maybe even overtake it.
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