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08.06.12

Qt Team Admits It is Harmed by Nokia’s Behaviour After Microsoft Occupation

Posted in KDE, Microsoft at 12:57 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Qt suffers a blow after the Elop-led Nokia (with other top executives having been imported from Microsoft) decides to rip things apart, going as far as giving heaps of patents to Linux-hostile patent trolls

Qt is being abandoned by Nokia and Michael Larabel keeps track of things. Qt folks are obviously unhappy. To quote: “Lars Knoll, the current Qt Chief Architect at Nokia and responsible for leading the Qt 5.0 development, has commented on the shutting down of Nokia’s Qt Australia office.

“It is said that the next release of Qt is already harmed and this is going to impede KDE — and by extension GNU/Linux — as well.”“Word leaked two days ago that Nokia would be shutting down their Qt Brisbane office in August, which holds the responsibility of developing and maintaining several Qt components — including Qt Quick and other important pieces to this tool-kit they acquired from Trolltech. The shutting down of this office goes with the very likely plans that they are selling off Qt.

“There’s been a lot of negative words towards Nokia — besides everything else in past months after falling jumping in bed with Microsoft — with this move to effectively abandon Qt and the fate being uncertain. One can only hope many of these important Qt developers will find employment elsewhere and can continue contributing to upstream Qt.”

“Aside from Lars Knoll, the Qt Chief Architect at Nokia, expressing his disappointment over Nokia’s decision to eliminate their Brisbane team, he shared more information in another email today.”

It is said that the next release of Qt is already harmed and this is going to impede KDE — and by extension GNU/Linux — as well.

“The problem is that Microsoft gives Nokia’s patents to Linux-hostile patent trolls such as MOSAID.”One blogger thinks that Intel should buy Nokia, but Intel is not into this type of business. Intel uses criminal activity to preserve x86 monopoly; it sells no packaged products such as phones. The blogger says: “There’s a lot of talk about which company, if any, should buy Nokia: Lenovo was the latest company rumoured to be interested (until a Lenovo executive dismissed the idea as ‘a joke’).

“But, for me, there’s one firm that would be a more natural fit than any of the others being rumoured as potential new owners of Nokia: Intel.”

Nokia under Microsoft’s control has “junk” status; it might still be worth something if broken apart, e.g. into patents and trademarks. The problem is that Microsoft gives Nokia’s patents to Linux-hostile patent trolls such as MOSAID.

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