So as everyone has heard by now, Nokia is acquiring Trolltech. Change always caries some measure of doubt and cause for concern: we know the present and so if the future is similar to the present we feel we have a good understanding of the future, but when the future is being adjusted we lose that "tomorrow will be just like today" shortcut. In spite of this, many (though certainly not all) changes are good. So, is this a good thing for KDE, Qt, Trolltech, etc?
First, we don't have all the answers. There are still many things to work out over the coming months between all the parties involved. Nokia and Trolltech were nice enough to invite me into the conversation recently so as to ensure that KDE's interests, needs and positions are both heard and taken into consideration.
Some will probably ask if this will be anything more than ceremonial. I'm glad to say that Nokia has already been very open to the input I've offered so far. Combined with Nokia's recent history with Free Software, I'm cautiously optimistic.
I'll still be doing what I'm doing; in fact, I may end up having access to new levels of resources due to this move which could be quite nice. Qt will continue to be developed by the Trolltech ninja teams of developers. The dual licensing model will continue and Nokia understan, ds the symbiotic relationship between Qt (and it's quality and depth) and the Free Software world. Nokia will be getting more involved with us in the KDE world as well, with a first step of becoming a Patron of KDE e.V. and starting to work with various developers.
Over the coming months we'll all be working together to figure out all the details. I'd be happy to hear the input, thoughts, concerns, etc from people in the KDE community over this. If I don't have the answers, I'll do my best to find them.
This does mean I'll probably be even more busy than usual over the next little while as I'm already dealing with a few other companies along with my coding projects, but it's for a good cause. The growth and maturation of KDE, both the technology as well as the community and people inm it. =)
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