Phoronix: The Latest Details On The State Of Qt & MeeGo
Yesterday's announcement of Microsoft and Nokia hooking up over Windows Phone 7 on Nokia's smart-phone has rattled the free software / Linux communities. There's more than 100 comments in our forums about this announcement and this isn't the only tech community where there are outraged customers and other parties disappointed in Nokia's decision. In particular, many are upset because with Nokia's decision it basically pushes the MeeGo Linux operating system and the Qt tool-kit to the back-seat...
Oracle could always buy Qt Software from Nokia. Hahahahahha. Then they can sue people for using it.
OK, no, on second thought, that's a really bad idea. Let's not have Oracle get their hands on any more cross-platform, actually-useful stuff so that they can ruin it.
However, on a more practical level: If Nokia says they are going to keep hiring (and employing current) Qt developers, then from a purely technical standpoint, the rate of development progress on Qt should remain the same. Community volunteers will continue the same as ever, and the people paid by Nokia will keep their job, working 8 hrs a day (or some fraction of that) on the Qt core and plugins.
Failing that, KDE could pick up the slack and become the new upstream for Qt, if Nokia really abandons it. I'm sure a few of the KDE developers wouldn't mind that idea in the slightest, since Qt is widely recognized as a library that it's OK to have on even non-KDE desktops, and they could push improved KDE integration by moving, well, parts of KDE into Qt. Heh.
"Nokia will continue to play an important role in Nokia for the existing Symbian base" I believe what you meant to say was "Qt will continue to play an important role in Nokia for the existing Symbian base"