Trolltech’s Qt goes GNU GPL 3

Haavard Nord CEO and co-founder of Trolltech, announced today at the KDE 4.0 Release Event that Trolltech’s cross-platform development framework Qt will be released as GNU GPL 3. While most of the 200 plus people at the event came to their feet with thunderous applause at the news, there where some noteable exceptions to this overwhelming approval including Patrick Volkerding, the maintainer of the Slackware Linux distribution. I asked Pat about his reaction to the announcement and he said essentially that GPL 3 imposes restrictions that he does not believe are in the spirit of Free Software. Read the full press release.

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