software company, made an announcement today that prefigures a seismic shift
in the Chinese software markets. Working together, the two companies will
drive the acceptance of Qt and Qtopia as the standards for application
development, 3G cell phone applications, PDAs, set-top boxes, web pads, and
other embedded devices in China.
"Embedded Linux is blooming in China," says Haavard Nord, Trolltech's CEO.
"This country is both an enormous market and an active center for
embedded-device manufacturing," he says. "We are extremely pleased to be
working with Chinasoft. Our agreement confirms the position of Qt and Qtopia
as de facto standards for this burgeoning technology."
Terms of the agreement include: localization of Trolltech's Qt/Embedded and
Qtopia; distribution of Qt desktop nationwide; development of a "reference
platform" for embedded devices, including 3G cell phones; promotion of the
use of Qt in educational and research institutions; and the creation of
professional services and training organizations to support Qt and Qtopia
developers and device manufacturers in China.
Chinasoft, which went public on May 17 2002, is one of the dominant players
in the Chinese software market, and has strong ties to the Chinese
government. The Chinese government has made a political decision to embrace
and promote open source and Linux - where Trolltech already is a de facto
The technological decisions Chinasoft makes will have tremendous influence
over the direction of embedded development in China and around the world.
Chinasoft Co., Ltd., a core holding company of China National Computer
Software & Technology Service Corporation (CS&S), is the largest software
solution vendor in China. Chinasoft completed a successful IPO on May 17th.
The company develops copyright operating system, security, and industry
application technology for the telecommunications industry, postal services,
railway and infrastructural projects, educational institutions, medical
industry, and the Chinese government. Chinasoft also specializes in software
outsourcing and localization, as well as IT-related technical training and
Trolltech is a software company with two flagship products: Qt and Qtopia.
Qt is a multiplatform C++ application framework developers can use to write
single-source applications that run-natively-on Windows, Linux, Unix, Mac OS
X and embedded Linux. Qt has been used to build thousands of successful
commercial applications worldwide, and is the basis of the open source KDE
desktop environment. Qtopia is the first comprehensive application
environment built for embedded Linux, and is used in Sharp's new Zaurus
SL5500 personal mobile tool. Trolltech is headquartered in Oslo, Norway,
with offices in Brisbane, Australia, and Santa Clara, California. More
about Trolltech can be found at www.trolltech.com.
Trolltech, Qtopia and Qt are trademarks of Trolltech. All other trademarks
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