Trolltech Customers Select Linux as Most Popular Desktop Platform

8/4/2004 - Trolltech®, a provider of leading application development software, announced that Linux is the most popular platform for new application development on the desktop, according to an April, 2004 survey of 1,300 Trolltech software developers.

Nearly three-quarters of the survey respondents, who are all using Trolltech's Qt® cross-platform software development framework, intend to target Linux as the operating system for their upcoming desktop applications. Linux was ahead of Windows, which was the second most often cited operating system for future development. The majority of the applications being built by the survey group are designed for commercial distribution.

"Third-party desktop applications are going to drive the widespread adoption of Linux beyond the server market, and it's clear that the momentum is increasing," said Haavard Nord, Trolltech chief executive. "The interest in Linux for the desktop among Trolltech developers has grown tremendously in the past few years, with a significant amount of this growth coming from the ISV market. As the ecosystem of Linux end-user business applications expands, we expect that more organizations will take advantage of the dramatic cost savings and flexibility benefits of Linux on the desktop."

Trolltech's Qt: Enabling Desktop Linux
Established in the software community for nearly 10 years, Qt has become a standard for cross-platform software development on the desktop, as well as the most popular tool for commercial Linux applications. With Qt, developers write applications once and deploy on any major desktop operating system, including Windows, Linux/Unix and Mac OS X, all from the same code base. The popular Linux desktop (KDE) as well as thousands of other Linux programs, have been built on Qt, including commercial software from some of the world's largest companies.

Matthias Kalle Dalheimer, president and CEO, Klarälvdalens Datakonsult AB and President of KDE e.V., noted, "Qt provides the underpinnings of the KDE Desktop environment, and it has made the work of the many people who contribute to KDE software extremely productive and efficient. I anticipate that as desktop Linux applications continue to multiply, Qt will be the foundation of a large percentage of them."

Qt Removes Barriers to Linux Application Development
Software applications based on Trolltech's Qt framework can be developed initially on Windows, Linux, Unix or Mac OS X, and easily ported to other operating systems for little or no extra cost. This capability gives software developers the freedom to create true cross-platform software with the flexibility to deploy on Linux at any time.

Skype, a global Internet telephony company, uses Qt to develop its innovative peer-to-peer Skype for Linux software that enables free, superior quality, global phone calls over the Internet. Initially developed for the Windows platform, the company launched a Linux version of Skype in June.

"We've had strong demand for a Linux version of Skype since the product debuted on Windows last year," said Niklas Zennstrom, Skype's CEO and co-founder. "Because we used Qt as our development framework, creating Skype software for Linux was painless. Qt has helped us save considerable time in developing Skype for Linux and allowed our programming team to concentrate on continuing to innovate core Skype functions."

JMP, a business unit of SAS, has developed JMP software on Qt. JMP dynamically links statistics with graphics and allows users to visualize, interactively explore, and discover relationships in their data.

"When you port a complex application to a new platform using Qt, you're enabling the software to run natively on that new platform," said Richard C. Potter, senior software manager for JMP. "As an application development environment, Qt is excellent and very well thought out. In fact, I don't think it would have been possible to port JMP to Linux with anything else. It's the best class library I have ever used."

Trolltech at Linuxworld Expo
Trolltech will be demonstrating Qt as well as Qtopia®, its development environment for Linux-based consumer devices, at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, August 2-5 in San Francisco, in booth #356.

About Trolltech
Trolltech® is a world leader in delivering tools, components, and libraries for C++ developers across all major operating systems. Trolltech products constitute a leading open source application development framework and are an integral part of the Linux desktop. Trolltech also develops innovative UI platforms that enable key players to adopt Linux for mobile devices.

Trolltech creates two product lines: Qt® and Qtopia®. Qt is a complete C++ application development framework, which includes a class library and tools for cross-platform development and internationalization. Qtopia is the first comprehensive application platform built for embedded Linux, and is used on numerous Linux-based PDAs and mobile phones.

Trolltech is a second generation open source company with a dual licensing business model and provides development software to some of the largest companies in the world including Intel, IBM, Motorola, and Sharp, among thousands more. Trolltech is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices in Brisbane, Australia, and Palo Alto, California. More about Trolltech can be found at

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