[maemo-developers] [maemo-developers] Too busy to accept help? I'm not complaining

From: Weinehall David (Nokia-M/Tampere) David.Weinehall at nokia.com
Date: Thu Apr 20 10:02:10 EEST 2006
On ons, 2006-04-19 at 13:06 -0700, ext Shawn Gordon wrote:


> faster because it is done, has been used, refined, debugged and 
> developed for for years, so other than device drivers in the kernel 
> it wouldn't have taken hardly any time at all to get it up and running.
> cheaper - I'm assuming cheaper based on what I know of the licensing 
> costs and the costs to hire a bunch of developers for years to 
> develop and support the software.  Nokia is not going to just rely on 
> the open source community for something that they depend on, they 
> will certainly have their own developers and these are going to be 
> far more expensive than simply paying a small per unit license cost 
> (I'm talking ones of dollars per unit).

Just using plain Qtopia wouldn't have been an option, just as using
plain GTK+ without Hildon wasn't an option; we had to use a UI that
looks somewhat like Nokia's earlier products, without forking too
wildly.  So the work effort would've been the same either way; the
difference being that Qtopia would've incurred the added penalties
of a licensing cost, C++, and of course the extra legal issues
surrounding the fact that Qtopia is GPL, not LGPL.  The Nokia legal
process is not a smoothly operating machine, it's more akin to
the Spanish inquisition...


The world is only black and white if you filter out the greys
by deliberately ignoring to see some things and are not privy to
other things.

Regards: David

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