LSB Final Release 3.1 Includes Qt by Trolltech; LSB Desktop Project Includes Qt Libraries in Core Linux Distribution Standards.
OSLO, Norway -- Trolltech(R), the company that makes software faster to build and easier to use, announced today that its Qt software technology is part of the Linux Standard Base See LSB. (LSB (Linux Standard Base) A standard interface (ABI) for Linux from the Linux Foundation (www.linux-foundation.org). Introduced in 2001 by the Free Standards Group, which later became the Linux Foundation, applications based on the LSB standard will run properly under ) Final Release 3.1 standards specification document.
The LSB, a workgroup of the Free Standards Group See Linux Foundation. organization, works to develop through consensus a standard binary operating environment In computing, an operating environment is the environment in which users run programs, whether in a command line interface, such as in MS-DOS or the Unix shell, or in a graphical user interface, such as in the Macintosh operating system. for the Linux platform.
The new standards document adds specifications for new desktop libraries to the ISO (1) See ISO speed.
(2) (International Organization for Standardization, Geneva, Switzerland, www.iso.ch) An organization that sets international standards, founded in 1946. The U.S. member body is ANSI. standard LSB Core. Specifically, it includes Qt 3.3 libraries and the tools required to build Qt-based applications. The standards document also allows for an optional module for including Qt 4-based applications into main Linux distributions. Libraries from GTK See GTK+. + are also included.
Qt is a C++ application development framework used to create high performance cross-platform applications. Today, some of the world's largest software companies The Forbes Global 2000 includes the following list of the world's largest software companies.
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1 54 Microsoft United States rely on Qt to create innovative, advanced solutions across multiple platforms. Qt is also the foundation of KDE (K Desktop Environment) A GUI-based user interface primarily for Unix and Linux machines, but also available for Windows and Mac. The source code is freely distributed and is maintained by developers around the world. , a powerful graphical desktop environment for Linux and Unix workstations. LSB certification of Qt gives customers confidence that they can now target Linux as a new platform and do so by simply recompiling their code.
"The LSB Desktop standard ensures that compliant applications can run unchanged on a large number of commercial desktops. This is essential for the availability of commercial GUI (Graphical User Interface) A graphics-based user interface that incorporates movable windows, icons and a mouse. The ability to resize application windows and change style and size of fonts are the significant advantages of a GUI vs. a character-based interface. and desktop applications on Linux," said Naren Karattup, product director, developer tools, Trolltech AS.
The inclusion of Qt and GTK+ ensures that the LSB standard will support both major desktop environments and their corresponding communities. Trolltech is a member of the LSB Workgroup and contributes development resources to the Workgroup.
"We are pleased that Qt is included in LSB 3.1," said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director, Free Standards Group. "Qt and the other technologies in the Standards Document have made significant contributions to meet our goal of delivering a set of specifications that will increase compatibility among Linux distributions. Their contributions to the workgroup are appreciated by the Free Standards Group."
Trolltech(R) is the company that makes software faster to build and easier to use. Trolltech's magic is the combination of efficient software development with an innovative, high-quality user experience. Trolltech's software increases the appeal of customer's desktop applications and devices while reducing their risks and software development costs. Trolltech's technologies accelerate the evolution of software by unleashing the creative power of the developer. The company's family of products include Qt(R), which sets the standard for high-performance, cross-platform software development; and Qtopia(R), the unrivaled application platform for the efficient creation of Linux devices.
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