Open Source

Nokia starts trolling

This week Builder AU is on the road at linux.conf.au 2008 in Melbourne -- but before we get into all that is happening here, there is the small matter of Trolltech.

This week Builder AU is on the road at linux.conf.au 2008 in Melbourne — but before we get into all that is happening here, there is the small matter of Trolltech.

Continuing the recent trend of open source companies being bought out, the latest up is the company behind the Qt toolkit which is used in KDE and many mobile phones. No wonder Nokia decided to part with $174 million to buy Trolltech.

What makes it really interesting is that Nokia is using GNOME on its Linux devices, and Trolltech co-founder Eirik Chambe-Eng said: "It is possible to use Qt together with Gnome — KDE applications fit well into that scenario. Very few people are aware that KDE and Gnome are very compatible".

Having two toolkits the size of GTK and Qt loaded into a small device would be quite an overhead though.

Returning to Melbourne, Bruce Schneier kicked off the conference with the quote: "When security companies give you cost justifications, they're complete bullshit" . If only he'd just say what he really meant.

Less outrageous than Schneier but equally as informative was the chat we had with Linus Torvalds on the greening of Linux.

Torvalds said: "Now we have an infrastructure in place ... we have the tools to measure power and notice when the power is higher and why that is — which is pretty important. Before, it used to be a black box".

For university students, next year's Google Summer of Code is likely to happen in our summer as well as the usual northern hemisphere summer.

For all of our linux.conf.au coverage, go to our event page.

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