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Nokia ports Qt to Maemo 5

Cross platform framework adds another platform
Fri Oct 09 2009, 16:49

NOKIA HAS CREATED a port for the Qt cross-platform framework to Maemo 5 in a bid to help developers create applications for the N900.

Qt is designed to enable programmers to write source code once and have it work across Windows, Mac, Linux/X11, embedded Linux, Windows Mobile, Symbian and Maemo 6 devices. The Qt framework is also the foundation of the K Desktop Envirionment (KDE) used in a number of Linux distributions.

Nokia's vice president of Application Services and Frameworks, Sebastian Nyström, reckons that this port will help Qt to become "established as a leading framework for mobile application development."

"Qt's support for Maemo 5, Maemo 6, Symbian, as well as Windows Mobile makes Qt the most sensible choice for developers looking to target multiple devices and achieve the broadest reach with their innovations."

According to Nokia, there are currently community created ports available, which the company used to help create the official upcoming port.

The port itself will be based on Qt's upcoming version 4.6, a beta version of which is expected to be launched next week at the Qt Developer Days conference in Munich.

Ot's drive towards interoperability and open standards has drawn the support of many open source supporters, including Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu project.

"Qt will help us deliver ever more 'lustful' applications to users," he said.

"Nokia's continued investment in cross-platform Qt libraries, and the Linux platform, is a major driver of innovation in the free software desktop and mobile device stack."

Qt 4.6 is scheduled for final release in the first quarter of 2010. In the interim a 'technology preview' of the official Maemo 5 port can be downloaded here. µ


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