Which GUI toolkit is THE best?

Antoon Pardon apardon at forel.vub.ac.be
Tue Mar 14 14:24:55 CET 2006

Op 2006-03-13, Paul Boddie schreef <paul at boddie.org.uk>:
> Paul Rubin wrote:
>> "Paul Boddie" <paul at boddie.org.uk> writes:
>> > What people don't usually understand (or rather complain about loudly)
>> > is that Trolltech can refuse to license Qt to you under the commercial
>> > licence, as is their right as the owner of the copyrighted work.
>> What is the deal here?  Why would they refuse, to someone willing to
>> pay the commercial license fee?  They are a business, and as such,
> Well, I can't answer for them in any sense (and I should ask you to
> substitute any company with a similar business model for Trolltech in
> the text, along with accompanying product names, in order to emphasize
> the mere speculative nature of my explanation), but all I was trying to
> do was to explain the pattern of behaviour that goes something like
> this:
>  1. Developer downloads Qt GPL edition.
>  2. Developer develops product based on Qt.
>  3. Some time later, with finished product, developer now wants
>     to release a closed source version of the product.
>  4. Developer approaches Trolltech and asks for a commercial
>     licence in order to ship a closed source product.
> Now, since the commercial licence is "per developer", some cunning
> outfit could claim that only one developer wrote their product (rather
> than one hundred developers, say), but this would be a fairly big
> breach of trust (although nothing unusual in the world of commerce, I'm
> sure). Would a business making software for other such businesses care
> about such things? What kind of recourse would they have?

I wonder what this "per developer" means. Suppose ten people are working
on a product. But only one person is working on the GUI and comes into
contact with the Qt widget. Is that one or ten developers that are
counted for the license?

Antoon Pardon

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