Qtopia dual licensed

Posted by javi vazquez on December 20, 2006

Trolltech has extended its dual license politics to the whole Qtopia. The core of Qtopia was already dual licensed. Now, from version 4.2.0, it’s the same for the whole product family.

The Open Source Edition of Qtopia lacks, according to Trolltech’s press release, only digital rights management (DRM) and telephony components compared to the commercial version. Complete VoIP, WiFi or an enhanced multimedia player are some of the functionalities in this 4.2.0 version.

Although, talking about Free Software, I prefer non dual licenses business models, it’s understandable the position of Trolltech if you have in mind that more than 40% of its revenue -actually, 48% in the first nine months of 2006- comes from license sales.

From the non dual licensed Free Software world, we have at least two options for hand-held devices based on GNOME technologies: OpenMoKO from FIC’s and Maemo from Nokia.


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