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Digia Spinning Off Qt Division Into New Company 59

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An anonymous reader writes with news that, after a six year journey, Qt will once again be maintained by a standalone company. From the Digia weblog: ... Even though the open source project and the commercial side of Qt are highly dependent upon each other, they have over the last years drifted apart. ... Because of the separation between the open source and commercial offerings, we often end up competing against ourselves instead of competing against other technologies. ... We are now starting a conscious effort to overcome these problems. As you might have read, Digia has decided to move the Qt business into a company of its own. Thus we will soon have a company (owned by Digia), that will focus 100% on Qt. At the same time we would like to take the opportunity and retire qt.digia.com and merge it with the content from qt-project.org into a new unified web presence. The unified web page will give a broad overview of the Qt technology, both enterprise and open-source, from a technical, business and messaging perspective.
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Digia Spinning Off Qt Division Into New Company

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    we often end up competing against ourselves instead of competing against other technologies

    You don't compete against technologies, you compete against other businesses.

    • by Urkki (668283)

      we often end up competing against ourselves instead of competing against other technologies

      You don't compete against technologies, you compete against other businesses.

      Ideally, no. If you have to compete against other businesses, you need to set your prices to match the competition. When you compete against other technologies, you can set the price according to what the market can bear. Consider Apple, they have their own technology, which competes against for example Microsoft and Linux related technologies. Now they can set their price according to what those who want their technology are willing pay, and rake in big profits. While in (for example) Windows PC/laptop or

  • How about something like:
    Trolltech 2.0
    Qtrolls
    CloudQ(t)
    aQt Synergies
    Re:Qt
  • by macson_g (1551397) on Wednesday August 06, 2014 @09:08AM (#47613207)
    Wonder if this is a coincidence that they are doing it now, when MS is laying off quite a lot of ppl in Finland. They could grab some of the workforce, possibly even some of the original Trolls who ended up being Nokia employees.
  • I foresee plenty of dead links to qt.digia.com in the future.
  • I usually heard how nice is to develop using Qt. How it's easy, community friendly, last surprise, etc. But I never saw the big guys interest in the Qt owner.

    Just wondering if a better future would be in the landscape if some big company with good open source compromise (in theory) like Intel buy Qt.

  • No more... "you tell us what you're doing and we'll decide how much we want to charge you" bullshit. I want clean and clear commercial licensing costs written down, up front. Otherwise I'm not even going to consider the technology for the project.

    • by ehynes (617617)
      It's $149 per month for multi-mobile, $215 per month for single-desktop, with discounts for various combinations. It's all pretty simple if you just got to their purchase page [digia.com].
  • by Anonymous Coward

    But even though the open source project and the commercial side of Qt are highly dependent upon each other, they have over the last years drifted apart.

    Perhaps because major new functionality is only in the commercial edition?

    Digia has made a -lot- of new functionality commercial-only. Charting, graphing, UI widgets, core updates to Creator, the Qt Quick compiler, the UI profiler, in-app purchasing... It's enough that the Free Qt Foundation should be asking "If all new major features of Qt are commercial-only, at what point is it abandoned and subject to the default BSD license clause?"

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Charting, graphing, UI widgets, core updates to Creator, the Qt Quick compiler, the UI profiler, in-app purchasing...

      Charting and graphing are one component that is commercial only. There are a couple of UI widgets in Qt Enterprise components that are also commercial only, but all the usual ones are part of the open source Qt Quick Components. Creator is all open source at this point, which the exception of a plugin to check and manage licenses -- not really interesting to the Open source community at all.

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