Nokia Is Selling Qt Commercial Licensing And Services To DigiaBy cheatmaster 11:06 Sun, 11 Jul 2021 Comments
Symbian developers will probably want to sit down for this. In a deal that would go through by the discontinue of the month, Nokia will sell the Qt commercial licensing to another Finnish company, Digia, but says that they will continue to invest in the platform.
Qt is available under both a commercial and an open-source licenses and is a key component of cross-platform development for mobile platforms (Symbian and MeeGo especially) but also for the desktop (Windows, Linux, whatnot).
Nokia will focus on open-source development and expansion of the platform but Digia will hold over the commercial licensing and services and around 3500 customer companies will be transferred to Digia.
The deal shouldn't affect developers of open-source software that uses Qt and Digia is a "recognized Qt innovator" who will be looking to improve the functionality and support. For more info, check out the Qt Blog, which has an fascinating write-up on why the Digia deal is a fine thing.
Still, after Nokia dropped Symbian/MeeGo as its primary platforms in favor of Windows Phone 7, devs can't be too excited about the deal. They should be able to continue their work as usual, but Symbian/MeeGo is really starting to play second fiddle to Nokia's interests.
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