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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Rumors were swirling last week that Novell was dropping KDE support. This news caused a flood of comments and protests. eWeek even got on the bandwagon and received clarification from Novell on the matter (KDE wasn't being dropped). Finally, Kevan Barney of Novell posted an official statement on Novell's PR blog.
he rub against KDE is the dual license model of Qt. Qt is the heart of KDE whereas GTK is the heart of GNOME. To write a proprietary application on KDE requires a commercial license from Trolltech. If your application is open source, you don't need one. I don't see Oracle suddenly open sourcing their database anytime soon. I did find a cost comparison of GTK versus Qt on net for those inquiring minds. If you also develop Windows applications, Qt has the advantage here. A developer can write once and cross-compile to Windows, MAC OS-X and Linux.