The recent change of licencing model for the Qt toolkit got it a lot of press recently. My GUI-based development experience is all Windows based, using MFC and wxWidgets. As I’ve found myself using Ubuntu and OSX a lot more recently, the idea of using Qt to write software to run on Windows, Linux or OSX has some appeal. Of particular interest was the ease with which you can integrate WebKit, allowing you to embed web capabilities into a cross-platform app with ease.
Installation under Ubuntu 8.10 is straightforward, but I’m writing this post just to note the install steps I took. Hope it helps someone!
- Download and install the SDK, which includes an IDE
- Once installed, there’s a few packages you’ll need to ensure your first build completes:
- sudo apt-get install libfreetype6-dev libfontconfig-dev libxrender-dev libsm-dev libglib2.0-dev
Now you’re good to go!
Edit: Edvaldo in the comments noted he needed to install some additional packages as follows:
- sudo apt-get install libxext-dev libxext6-dbg x11proto-xext-dev