NewsForge: "Remember Rekall?"

NewsForge's editor Joe Barr spent some time with the current development version of Rekall 2.2. Rekall is a dual-licensed GUI database front-end with aspirations of becoming Linux's answer to Microsoft Access (screenshots of tables, forms and debugger). He finds it already very usable today and predicts a bright future. The release of the final Rekall 2.2 version is expected for late April or May.


I wanted to use rekall, and then could not work out if I could download a version for windows.
I searched google, looked around. Trolltech really need to update and fix their website for rekall.
Of course, rekallrevealed.org was hacked, so I might have just gotten a bad impression..

Please, please trolltech - put a windows version somewhere. If you want to charge for it, then _make it clear_. Add it to rekallrevealed.org under download that you have to pay for it, and add a very simple way for me to pay for it.

By John Tapsell at Thu, 2004/04/29 - 5:00am


By Aaron J. Seigo at Thu, 2004/04/29 - 5:00am

opps, yeah my bad ;)

By John Tapsell at Fri, 2004/04/30 - 5:00am

You can't have a GPL version of Rekall for Windows since there is no GPL version of Qt for Windows. We have a Windows version available for sale simply at www.thekompany.com/products/rekall/

By Shawn Gordon at Thu, 2004/04/29 - 5:00am

"You can't have a GPL version of Rekall for Windows"

Yes you can. Someone buys a version of Qt and then releases their software under the GPL license. It isn't likely to happen, but people write GPL'd software for Windows by buying Visual Studio. Quite how Trolltech would react to this I don't know, as they think GPL'd software on Windows is a bit hazy.

By David at Fri, 2004/04/30 - 5:00am

I suppose that was Total Rekall not final Rekall :)

By Vinnie The Pooh at Thu, 2004/04/29 - 5:00am

Here's an idea...
As well as forms, let it create web forms, and integrate it with a webserver. :)
Then you can have one program to do both a fat client and be a server for a thin browser based client.
Sorta like domino..

By John Tapsell at Thu, 2004/04/29 - 5:00am

That's alaready a subproject started within Kexi project. More info will be
available on:


Pre-alpha sceenshot:


By Jaroslaw Staniek at Thu, 2004/04/29 - 5:00am

Will there be any integration of kexi and rekall?

By John Tapsell at Thu, 2004/04/29 - 5:00am

We all know that 'integration' term is so uncertain, do we?

-If you mean: data-exchangeability - yes, at least using DBMS functionality.

-If you mean: database schema portability - maybe yes (at least a subset, probably using XML schema that have to befined within OASIS)

-If you mean code merging, here are some problems: 1) Kexi is KDE app, Rekall -plain Qt app; 2) Kexi is plugin-based, Rekall not so deeply, AFAIK; 3) licensing issues: Kexi -LGPL on *nix, win32/64, Rekall -GPL on *nix.

By Jaroslaw Staniek at Fri, 2004/04/30 - 5:00am


Not to put down the wonderful things that theKompany does, but it would have been that little bit nicer if they used LGPL so that it could be integrated in KDE, and projects such as kexi.
But I guess they thought that wouldn't have been a good thing commerically.

By John Tapsell at Fri, 2004/04/30 - 5:00am

Why would full blown software be released under library-gpl?
It appears you don't fully understand these licenses and what each of their purpose is.

By broken_bazooka at Tue, 2005/02/08 - 6:00am

Sorry, a another reply...
Since you are the copyright holders, would it be possible for you (kexi) to release a win32 binary? (Presumably not under the lgpl)

Hmm are you allowed to release a win32 binary (and source) under the lgpl since you can't release the win32 QT source code?

By John Tapsell at Fri, 2004/04/30 - 5:00am

Just look at following site on the top right ;-)


By anno at Fri, 2004/04/30 - 5:00am

Rekall *is not* a plain-qt app. It can be built that way, but the KDE versions is, well, KDE:)

Rekall *is* plugin based:) Anyone who would like to write a plugin for Rekall, feel free to go ahead! EMail me and i'll tell you what is what.


By mikeTA at Fri, 2004/04/30 - 5:00am

I just want to remind you of


one of the best data base admin tools. Ihn my humble opinion Rekall could be a good program but it has to be modular, so that a true framework can be created, I just remind you of Gideon.

By gerd at Thu, 2004/04/29 - 5:00am


Is there an integration plan?

By Gerd Brückner at Thu, 2004/04/29 - 5:00am

...when we have kexi coming and it looks really amazing I don't mean to flame but seriously kexi's gonna kick ass :)

By Pat at Fri, 2004/04/30 - 5:00am

Rekall exists now in a fully usable form. Kexi may well kick a lot of butt when it's done, but for now Rekall is an amazing tool to have available.

By greg at Fri, 2004/04/30 - 5:00am

Well I'm rather impartial on this, except to say that we need something 'Access like' to be able to knock up good databases, queries, forms etc. Kexi looks very interesting, as does Rekall, so I'm happy to have them both. The commercial Rekall will not be a problem for most people as it is so cheap that will be free software to many businesses and organisations!

By David at Sun, 2004/05/02 - 5:00am