Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Oct 2010 22:22 UTC, submitted by vivainio
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu This is kind of... Well, good news, I suppose? It depends on where you allegiances lie, but it seems like Ubuntu is warming up to the idea of using Qt to develop applications. It's no secret that Qt is a far more advanced development framework than Gtk+, so it only makes sense for Ubuntu - a GNOME/Gtk+ distribution - is looking at it.
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by lemur2 on Thu 21st Oct 2010 01:40 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: ..."
lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

what part of "what's gonna be the license of the next version" you didn't get?


The next version AFAIK will also be LGPL v3, but what does it matter since the current version (Qt 4.7) is LGPL v3?

If Nokia withdraw subsequent version of Qt as no longer GPLv3, (which would be suicide BTW for Nokia's involvement in Qt), then the community would simply fork Qt 4.7 and move on.

While Nokia continue to keep Qt as GPL, then the community will continue to support them.

Right now, Nokia enjoys considerable support, help and contribution from the community.

Edited 2010-10-21 01:42 UTC

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by Hiev on Thu 21st Oct 2010 01:49 in reply to "RE[5]: ..."
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by Drumhellar on Thu 21st Oct 2010 01:57 in reply to "RE[6]: ..."
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

Considering Nokia loosened the licensing terms when they purchased Trolltech, plus their push for Meego as an open platform for phones/tablets, which QT is their main contribution, I think it is a safe assumption that QT will remain LGPL.

You are attempting to spread fear, without a slightest bit of evidence, that Nokia may close the platform, despite already opened it up further than it was before.

Stop spreading FUD, troll.

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by lemur2 on Thu 21st Oct 2010 02:19 in reply to "RE[6]: ..."
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

No, you don't now for shit what's the next version is going to be, so don't speculate.


There is no speculation involved at all on my part in pointing out that Nokia's only decision to date regarding the license of Qt was to choose LGPLv3 for it.

That is a plain, straightforward, well documented fact.

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by Lobotomik on Thu 21st Oct 2010 03:26 in reply to "RE[6]: ..."
Lobotomik Member since:
2006-01-03

Nokia will surely use LGPL as a license for 4.7. Their acts speak to them -- so far.

But even if they preferred to make it proprietary and never released the code, the open source community would still develop an LGPL Qt 4.7. Nokia couldprevent that, even if they wanted.

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by r_a_trip on Thu 21st Oct 2010 09:49 in reply to "RE[6]: ..."
r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

Hiev, stop talking out of your back orifice. Nokia dropped their requirement for copyright assignment in May 2009.

Our goal with the new site is to make this process as simple and welcoming as possible, and that’s why we will no longer ask for copyright assignment.

http://labs.qt.nokia.com/2009/05/11/qt-public-repository-launched/

So even if Nokia would want to relicense, they would have to ask permission from every outside contributor or rewrite every outside contribution themselves. This makes the probability of a license change pretty low.

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by boudewijn on Thu 21st Oct 2010 07:38 in reply to "RE[5]: ..."
boudewijn Member since:
2006-03-05

Also, don't forget the great strides Nokia is making with their open governance model. It definitely is something they are really focused on, witness the various presentations at the Qt Dev Days.

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