[Development] Changes to Qt offering

Bogdan Vatra bogdan.vatra at kdab.com
Mon Jan 27 17:13:12 CET 2020

Hi Lars,

În ziua de luni, 27 ianuarie 2020, la 16:34:44 EET, Lars Knoll a scris:
> Hi all,
> 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. 

  I was at the Qt Contributor Summit, and I can swear that I not heard 
anything about LTS being restricted to commercial customers...

Just to be crystal clear, will you close also the branches?
What will happen if I want to fix something in one of these LTS branches?

> 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.

I bet you the following scenario will happen soon:
- someone will fork Qt LTS (most probably immediately after you closed these 
branches, if not even sooner)
- the community will continue to support that fork as it's open, with 
improvements, bug fixes, security patches, etc.
- you'll not get these patches as they are not contributed via your gerrit...
> 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.
 If the qt5 branches will NOT be closed, then yes, you are right, if they will 
be closed then, I'm afraid, your statement can't stand...


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