Trolltech's open-source programming component and tools should help ease Nokia's cross-platform development difficulties, the Finnish mobile phone maker says.
As the proprietary world continues to devour the open-source world, one has to wonder if anyone will be left to shake up the old world.
The partnership between Nokia and Microsoft announced last month now has a reported dollar figure. Also, Nokia announces that it's selling off the commercial licensing part of its Qt business.
My biggest mistake was in thinking that open source was so different that it defied the laws of economic gravity.
The open-source software specialist releases previously proprietary phone software components under the GPL and ports Qtopia to FIC's Neo1973 phone.
The use of Qt is expected to make it easier for developers to write apps both for the Maemo mobile Linux OS and for Symbian, Nokia's smartphone platform.
The deal will create a new way for Nokia to fight competition in the smartphone market by focusing on a Linux strategy as a strong alternative to the Symbian OS that Nokia is using today.
The cell phone maker is updating the Qt development platform and adding open-source license options. Go write some cross-platform code.
Google is delaying its Android software. Long term, this will be for the best.
Microsoft's efforts to alter a European Commission open-source policy draft suggest the Redmond giant knows much is at stake.