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    Phoronix: The Latest Details On The State Of Qt & MeeGo

    Yesterday's announcement of Microsoft and Nokia hooking up over Windows Phone 7 on Nokia's smart-phone has rattled the free software / Linux communities. There's more than 100 comments in our forums about this announcement and this isn't the only tech community where there are outraged customers and other parties disappointed in Nokia's decision. In particular, many are upset because with Nokia's decision it basically pushes the MeeGo Linux operating system and the Qt tool-kit to the back-seat...

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  • #2
    Does Intel have any plans to push forward alone on MeeGo?


    • #3
      Originally posted by Shining Arcanine View Post
      Does Intel have any plans to push forward alone on MeeGo?
      Yes they do:
      Yesterday's announcement by Nokia that it's switching to Windows Phone 7 as its primary smartphone platform has already had, and will continue to have, great repercussions for plenty of parties besides the Finnish company and its new best bud Microsoft. One of the biggest effects of that deal was that Nokia now no longer considers MeeGo -- the open-source OS it was co-developing with Intel -- an item of priority, classifying it as a "learning project." No prizes for guessing Intel's nowhere near happy about that, but would you have also guessed Nokia kept Chipzilla in the dark about its new direction until the day it announced it to the world? Such is the word from TechCrunch's well placed sources, who also say that Nokia dedicated only a three-man external team to the development of UI customizations for MeeGo. Not exactly the hugest investment in the world, we'd say, and when you consider Nokia and Microsoft already have concept devices drawn up, you've got to think plans to abandon MeeGo as a sincere flagship strategy were materializing in Espoo a long time before this event. It would probably have been nice to tell Intel, though, just to be classy. Hit the source link for more detail, including confirmation that Nokia's N9-00, its first planned MeeGo device, was canned -- apparently due to complaints from operators about its hinge.


      • #4
        Or, even more to the point:

        (Gah, the 1 minute edit limit :\ )


        • #5
          It's still unclear since Elop has said nothing about the Qt's future.

          I hope Qt Software will be brought out by another (less Microsoft dependant) company, since Microsoft is known for its aversion to crossplatform solutions.


          • #6
            Oracle could always buy Qt Software from Nokia. Hahahahahha. Then they can sue people for using it.

            OK, no, on second thought, that's a really bad idea. Let's not have Oracle get their hands on any more cross-platform, actually-useful stuff so that they can ruin it.

            However, on a more practical level: If Nokia says they are going to keep hiring (and employing current) Qt developers, then from a purely technical standpoint, the rate of development progress on Qt should remain the same. Community volunteers will continue the same as ever, and the people paid by Nokia will keep their job, working 8 hrs a day (or some fraction of that) on the Qt core and plugins.

            Failing that, KDE could pick up the slack and become the new upstream for Qt, if Nokia really abandons it. I'm sure a few of the KDE developers wouldn't mind that idea in the slightest, since Qt is widely recognized as a library that it's OK to have on even non-KDE desktops, and they could push improved KDE integration by moving, well, parts of KDE into Qt. Heh.


            • #7
              In a year Oracle will have done just that and it will be all your fault for giving them the idea, how could you live with yourself.

              Also I assume this is the death of the push loads of KDE stuff upstream into Qt idea

              Hope KDE fork Qt


              • #8

                "Nokia will continue to play an important role in Nokia for the existing Symbian base" I believe what you meant to say was "Qt will continue to play an important role in Nokia for the existing Symbian base"


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Iksf View Post
                  Hope KDE fork Qt

                  I find the analysis there enlightening!


                  • #10
                    What would the new fork of Qt be called? Libret?