6/25/2003 - Trolltech brings its successful dual licensing business model to the Mac. Trolltech released Qt/Mac under the GPL (GNU General Public License), in connection with Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2003 in San Francisco.
Qt/Mac is the Mac port of Qt - a single-source, multiplatform C++ GUI toolkit that allows applications to run natively on Windows, Linux/Unix, and Mac OS X, all from the same codebase.
The GPL release of Qt/Mac allows Mac free software developers to use Qt free of charge. Any software produced with the GPL version of Qt/Mac (and any derivatives of this software) must also be released with full source code available under the GPL. Developers who wish to create commercial (proprietary or closed source) software can continue to do so using the existing Qt/Mac commercial licenses.
With the Qt/Mac GPL release, thousands of existing Free Software applications developed with Qt/X11 (Linux and various flavors of Unix) and Qt/Embedded (embedded Linux), can now be ported to the Mac OS X platform. Most of these applications only require a simple recompile for Mac OS X.
"Trolltech has offered both commercial and Free Software licensing options to developers, since its founding in 1994," says Trolltech President and co-founder Eirik Eng. "This dual licensing strategy has been key to Trolltech's success, and we are proud to now bring this business model to the Mac."
The GPL version of Qt/Mac is available for download from the Trolltech website: http://www.trolltech.com/download/index.html
Trolltech is a software company with two flagship products: Qt and Qtopia. Qt is a multi-platform C++ application framework developers can use to write single-source applications that run -- natively -- on Windows, Linux, Unix, Mac OS X and embedded Linux. Qt has been used to build thousands of successful commercial applications worldwide, and is the basis of the open source KDE desktop environment. Qtopia is the first comprehensive application environment built for embedded Linux, and is used in Sharp's new Zaurus SL5500 and SL-A300 PDAs. Trolltech is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices in Brisbane, Australia, and Palo Alto, California. More about Trolltech can be found at www.trolltech.com.
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