[maemo-users] Nokia buys Trolltech

From: Matt Emson memsom at interalpha.co.uk
Date: Tue Jan 29 12:41:23 EET 2008
Alberto Garcia wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 29, 2008 at 09:16:25AM +0000, Rakotomandimby Mihamina wrote:
>>> Maemo platforms [...] Maemo will continue to be based on Gnome
>>> [...] and S40 and S60 will evolve with Qt"
>> Okay, but can you assume Nokia wont step by step drop Maemo?
> Of course not (not even before this announcement).
> I'm no futurologist, I just wrote what I heard in the webcast :)

There is a tricky balancing act here - on the one hand, Qt is an 
extremely productive and extensive library and has a much nicer 
programming interface than GTK (excluding GTKMM, which I haven't looked 
at yet) - things like QtDesigner also make it quite compelling. On the 
other hand, Qtopia is not as nice a GUI as Maemo. The versions of Qtopia 
I've used (based off of the Zaurus sl5500 ROM versions 3.1 and 2.38 - 
Qtopia 1.x based, the Trolltech Qt 2.x ROM (very nice looking) as well 
as Opie the forked version of Qtopia free) were very much in the PalmOS 
mold. Desktop with shortcuts to apps, plus Windows style "start menu". 
Having used Maemo for a while, I much prefer the widgets on the desktop 
and the programs int he sub menu.

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