Qt Development Frameworks

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Qt Development Frameworks
Type Subsidiary
Founded 4 March 1994
Founder(s) Eirik Chambe-Eng
Haavard Nord
Headquarters Oslo, Norway
Products Qt, Qt Extended, Greenphone
Revenue 174,104,000 Norwegian krone (as of 2006)[1]
Net income 46,526,000 Norwegian krone (as of 2006)[1]
Owner(s) Digia
Employees 1000+ (2014)[1]
Website qt.digia.com

Digia, Qt (formerly known as Qt Development Frameworks, Qt Software, Trolltech and as Quasar Technologies) is an Oslo, Norway-based software company best known for its Qt toolkit and application framework. Digia, Qt is a subsidiary of Digia.[citation needed]

Products[edit]

The company provides software development platforms and frameworks, as well as expert consulting services. Its flagship product is Qt, a multi-platform Graphical User Interface (GUI) framework written in C++. Qt is popular with application developers using C++ but is supported by bindings for other programming languages too, such as Python. Qt also includes packages such as data structures and a networking library. The popular, Free, and cross-platform KDE desktop environment and software compilation uses Trolltech's Qt library. The company also employs several KDE developers.

In 2001 Trolltech introduced Qtopia which is based on Qt. Qtopia is an application platform for Linux-based devices such as mobile phones, portable media players, and home media. It is also used in many non-consumer products such as medical instruments and industrial devices. Qtopia Phone Edition was released in 2004, and their Greenphone smartphone is based on this platform.

The following products exist but commercial support and development has stopped:[2][3]

History[edit]

Trolltech was founded by Eirik Chambe-Eng and Haavard Nord on 4 March 1994. They started writing Qt in 1991, and since then Qt has steadily expanded and improved. Trolltech completed an initial public offering (IPO) on the Oslo Stock Exchange in July, 2006.

On 28 January 2008, Nokia Corporation announced that they had entered into an agreement that Nokia would make a public voluntary tender offer to acquire Trolltech.[4] The total cost for Nokia was approximately € 104 million.[5] On 5 June 2008 Nokia’s voluntary tender offer was approved for all the shares in Trolltech. By 17 June 2008, Nokia had completed its acquisition of Trolltech. On 30 September 2008, Trolltech was renamed as Qt Software, and Qtopia was renamed as Qt Extended. On 11 August 2009, the company's name was changed to Qt Development Frameworks.[6]

Nokia sold the commercial licensing business of Qt to Digia on March 2011.[7] In September 2012, all remaining Qt business was transferred to Digia.[8]

See also[edit]

  • Nokia N9, a Qt-based mobile phone
  • Greenphone, a mobile phone developed by Trolltech that uses mostly free and open source software

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Trolltech Quarterly Report: 4th Quarter 2006". Trolltech. Retrieved 28 October 2007. 
  2. ^ Qt Software — Discontinues Qt Extended
  3. ^ Qt Software — To discontinue Qt Jambi after 4.5 release
  4. ^ "Nokia to acquire Trolltech to accelerate software strategy". 28 January 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2008. 
  5. ^ "Nokia ostaa norjalaisen ohjelmistoyrityksen" (in Finnish). 28 January 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2008. 
  6. ^ "New name, new domain announced for Qt Development Frameworks". 11 August 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2009. 
  7. ^ Nokia to Sell Qt Business, by CHRISTOPHER LAWTON, 7 MARCH 2011, Wall Street Journal
  8. ^ About Digia, Qt

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