Linked by Andrew Youll on Wed 6th Jul 2005 06:25 UTC, submitted by Timothy R. Butler
Qt Thinking on the issue of licensing and KDE, an old hymn came to the mind of OfB's Tim Butler. "As it was in the beginning, is now, And ever shall be…" Yes, the issue of licensing has been a perennial problem for the Free/Open Source desktop and he suggests its biggest licensing issue remains: the GPL. Read more at
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by rm6990 on Wed 6th Jul 2005 12:17 UTC
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With a Rolls-Royce pricing model and restrictive licensing, Trolltech has guaranteed that Qt will never be developed by anyone except for Trolltech.

How does price or anything guarantee that? QT is licensed under the GPL. Meaning you, me, Novell, or anyone else can fork it if need be, at no charge. Unless I am misunderstanding what you are trying to say.

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RE: hmmm?
by pravda on Wed 6th Jul 2005 12:31 in reply to "hmmm?"
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Qt is not licensed under the GPL. To say so is inaccurate, if not disingenuous. Trolltech has many license stipulations based on what features you want and how you want to use them. Only one small subset of Qt functionality and Qt usage is made available via the GPL.

There is no license that I am aware of that would allow a customer to "fork" the entire commercial edition of Qt and go off and do their own thing and sell it for money. Only in this most recent license are commercial customers even allowed to modify the Qt source code. This is very very far away from the GPL.

I doubt Qt will have a truly open licensing system until the sands of time have buried Qt in the deserts of the past.

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RE[2]: hmmm?
by on Wed 6th Jul 2005 19:58 in reply to "RE: hmmm?"
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Pravda - Every single assertion in your above comment is patently false. Qt/X11 Free Edition is the exact same code as included in the commercial version. The same is true of the OSX version and, at least now as of Qt 4, of windows as well.

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