Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Aug 2009 15:07 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Qt "The PySide project provides LGPL-licensed Python bindings for the Qt cross-platform application and UI framework. PySide Qt bindings allow both free open source and proprietary software development and ultimately aim to support all of the platforms as Qt itself." Previously, the PyQt bindings were not licensed LGPL. If one wished to make a commercial application, then one previously had to purchase a commercial license for PyQt. Now it is possible to dynamically link to the LGPL-licensed PySide bindings instead. The PySide bindings are API compatible with PyQt.
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FunkyELF
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2006-07-26

Some victory for Free Software that is.

With this particular project, Nokia has shown that its way of managing relationships with its corporate partners comes straight out of Microsoft's playbook. Still, it's yet one more area where Nokia gets to show off its complete lack of originality.


You weren't in the room when they were talking to riverbank and neither was I. They tried to work out a deal and couldn't agree on terms.

This doesn't seem like Microsoft at all. They tried to work out a deal, couldn't, and implemented it themselves from scratch, and released it as LGPL. In the end it is giving back to the community. If Nokia saw a benefit of releasing Qt under LGPL rather than GPL they certainly have that same benefit with any kind of bindings. Riverbank would never answer the question of whether it would change their license or not. Nokia didn't do this in the dark pretending that PyQt didn't exist.

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