Sunday, January 25, 2009

Qt and Community

The opening of the Qt repository is potentially the most important move Nokia has made.

Jeff Jarvis documents the decline of print media and explores strategies that could be adopted to keep in business. He describes an attempt to build a news product with community involvement, attempting to use the community. He probably inadvertently describes some of the attempts to leverage free software developers. It only works if people are building something for themselves.

Nokia is building something for themselves, and opening the repository (and adjusting the license) so that developers can build something for themselves.

One might add that having developers by definition as users of the library makes it more likely that valuable contribution will happen. End user applications face a bigger hurdle in eliciting contribution.

I have an article in lwn.net this week regarding the Qt announcements.


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