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Chinese Linux distro taps new Qt SDK

Jun 12, 2009 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 5 views

Qt Software announced that Red Flag Software will start using the SDK (software development kit) for the Qt development framework as part of its Red Flag Software Linux Desktop 7.0 distribution. Red Flag Linux is the most widely used Linux desktop distribution in China, Nokia-owned Qt says.

Designed specifically for the Chinese market, the upcoming Red Flag Linux Desktop 7.0 is based on KDE (the K Desktop Environment), which is developed using Qt, says Norway-based Qt Software (formerly known as Trolltech). Red Flag recently upgraded its Linux distro for mobile Internet Devices (MIDs), called Midinux, which was the default distribution offered with Intel's original MIDs.

Red Flag announced at the Computex show last week that it was supporting Moblin v2 in its new Midinux 3.0 distro. The company apparently demonstrated a MID running Midinux 3.0, which is based on the current beta-level Moblin v2 for Netbooks stack.

Released in version 4.5 in early March, Qt is a cross-platform GUI application framework. Qt has traditionally supported Linux, Windows, Mac OS, and Java VMs, more recently adding support for Windows CE/Mobile and Nokia's Symbian-based S60.


Qt SDKs are pre-built, single-installer packages comprised of the Qt 4.5 libraries, as well as the new Qt Creator integrated development environment (IDE), and Qt Linguist. The company is currently reviewing the possibility of offering an embedded version of the SDKs, which are currently only available for Linux, Windows, and Mac desktops.

Qt 4.5 was billed as the first Qt release to be offered under a more open LGPL (“Lesser” or “Library” General Public License) licensing option, alongside existing commercial and GPL license options. The licensing expansion is part of a larger effort to make Qt a more fully transparent open source project.

Stated Kernel Chen, Vice-Director of Product & Marketing Department, Red Flag Software, “Qt has been a foundation element of Red Flag Linux Desktop since its creation in 1999. The new availability of the Qt SDK represented a golden opportunity for us to provide a proven and effective framework and toolset to our users and the Linux developer community. We believe that it will have a great impact on innovation for native and hybrid applications running on Linux.”

Stated Daniel Kihlberg, Director, Global Sales, Marketing and Services at Qt Software, “Red Flag Software's decision to include Qt SDK as a part of their Linux desktop distribution is an important win for Qt adoption.”


More information about the Qt SDK and Qt may be found here, and more on Red Flag Linux should be here.

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