Random mumblings

Recently, the free/open source community saw many interesting news, I am going to comment on some of them:

* Microsoft will release the EMCA under the Community Promise license, which means good news to Mono. Mono is an open source EMCA + Microsoft APIs implementation. There’s a lot of friction inside the community generated by Mono, lots of people are strongly against it fearing some misterious lawsuit that MS could move against the creators of open source implementations. I, for one, think it’s a good thing to have more high quality open source development tools, I am very happy that all the alledged fears would be dissipated after this announcement.

* Nokia announced that future versions of Maemo will use Qt instead of GTK. Slightly less controversial, seems like an interesting move for Nokia, and the tablet community in general. Nokia LGPLed the library, that has a strong and very professional team of developers, is widely used for companies to do their products and is cross platform. The other underlying technologies (such as DBUS, telepathy, avahi), result of freedesktop.org efforts, will still be used. We should put ego fights aside and choose whatever makes sense for the greater good of the user community.

I am sure there are lots of things I just forgot to mention. Good enough for a quick blog post πŸ™‚

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2 thoughts on “Random mumblings

  1. I don’t know much about the the Microsoft deal, need to check that more carefully, but personally I don’t want to put my hands at Mono, it’s kind of risk business in my opinion.

    Now for Nokia, I guess it’s kind of good, as Nokia now owns the library. “Qt everywhere!” πŸ™‚

  2. Well, it’s not like I would start developing apps in Mono now, but it is apparently a good development environment, and it’s helping people to write good quality open source apps.

    I sincerely don’t think we should be afraid of anything at this point. Choosing whether we want to use Mono or not is more related to our taste and actual technical points rather than fearing lawsuits.

    About Nokia and QT – The library has strong technical merits, and it can be used without restriction, so I also sing the “Qt everywhere!” chant πŸ™‚

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