Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 7th Mar 2011 15:50 UTC, submitted by Geoff Floding
Qt Since the web has a tendency to overstate things: no, Nokia is not selling Qt. Today, Nokia announced that Digia will acquire the Qt Commercial software licensing and professional services business from Nokia. So I repeat: Nokia is not selling Qt.
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MrWeeble
Member since:
2007-04-18

You can use the GPL license in medical, aerospace, defence, etc. You can use the LGPL there, too.


Legally, yes. Practically, maybe not be as easy. I suspect what Thom means, is that due to the requirements in the contracts in these industries, it can be far cheaper to purchase a commercial agreement with a licensor than to use the free licence, but have to your IP lawyers pour over it, to ensure you can't be sued

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Nth_Man Member since:
2010-05-16

The advantages of reading:
http://qt.nokia.com/about/licensing/frequently-asked-questions/
"Qt users may create proprietary applications that dynamically link to the LGPL-licensed Qt libraries [...]"

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

"You can use the GPL license in medical, aerospace, defence, etc. You can use the LGPL there, too.


Legally, yes. Practically, maybe not be as easy. I suspect what Thom means, is that due to the requirements in the contracts in these industries, it can be far cheaper to purchase a commercial agreement with a licensor than to use the free licence, but have to your IP lawyers pour over it, to ensure you can't be sued
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Bingo. I kind of thought that was obvious ;) .

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Nth_Man Member since:
2010-05-16

There are a lot of programs using Qt (under the LGPL license). Some of them are closed-source.

Can you say a single example of those programs that can be sued for using the LGPL license and not be sued if they use the "commercial" license?

How is that those niches of market require the "commercial" license?

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