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The company has become the first "dual-licence" open source operation to float, as its co-founder sees trouble ahead for open-source-averse companies

Companies who shun open source will increasingly have trouble implementing a software infrastructure, claimed the co-chief executive of Trolltech on Wednesday — the day his company became the first "dual-licence" open source company to go public.

Eirik Chambe-Eng, who started the company with Haavard Nord in 1994, told ZDNet UK that he saw Trolltech's flotation on the Oslo Stock Exchange as "very good" for its standing.

"It combines the best of both worlds," Chambe-Eng told ZDNet UK, claiming that Trolltech has shown it is possible to "have a good standing in the open source community and at the same time build value".

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