[Development] Changes to Qt offering

NIkolai Marchenko enmarantispam at gmail.com
Mon Jan 27 15:44:24 CET 2020

I understand the reasoning for this change but it effectively ruins the
spirit of open-source~ness of qt while technically leaving it intact.

On Mon, Jan 27, 2020 at 5:41 PM NIkolai Marchenko <enmarantispam at gmail.com>

> I am afraid I do not have other words for this model than : absolutely
> disgusting and a complete dick move. Especially login requirement for
> binaries.
> I don't even understand how distros are now supposed to keep qt code safe
> since constantly pushing qt version up is recipe for problems and there
> will be no critical bugfixes to branches that distros were stabilized at.
> On Mon, Jan 27, 2020 at 5:35 PM Lars Knoll <lars.knoll at qt.io> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> The Qt Company has done some adjustments to the Qt will be offered in the
>> future. Please check out https://www.qt.io/blog/qt-offering-changes-2020
>> .
>> The change consists of three parts.
>> One is a change in policy regarding the LTS releases, where the LTS part
>> of a release is in the future going to be restricted to commercial
>> customers. All bug fixes will (as agreed on the Qt Contributor Summit) go
>> into dev first. Backporting bug fixes is something that the Qt Company will
>> take care of for these LTS branches. We’ve seen over the past that LTS
>> support is something mainly required by large companies, and should
>> hopefully help us get some more commercial support for developing Qt
>> further.
>> The second change is that a Qt Account will be in the future required for
>> binary packages. Source code will continue to be available as currently.
>> This will simplify distribution and integration with the Marketplace. In
>> addition, we want open source users to contribute to Qt or the Qt
>> ecosystem. Doing so is only possible with a valid Qt Account (Jira, code
>> review and the forums all require a Qt Account).
>> The third change is that The Qt Company will in the future also offer a
>> lower priced product for small businesses. That small business product is
>> btw not limited to mobile like the one Digia had some years ago, but covers
>> all of Qt for Device Creation.
>> None of these changes should affect how Qt is being developed. There
>> won’t be any changes to Open Governance or the open development model.
>> Best regards,
>> Lars
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