[Development] Changes to Qt offering

Tuukka Turunen tuukka.turunen at qt.io
Mon Jan 27 17:25:47 CET 2020


Well, quite many things have changed since 2015. One important item is that almost one million users have already voluntarily created (and verified) themselves a Qt account.

See the FAQ (linked from the blog post):

“Q: Will requiring the Qt Account drive away all Qt users?
A: We have had the Qt Account as an option for over 4 years, and during that time there has been already nearly a million people who have registered and verified their Qt Account. It is obvious that that in the world that we live today having an account for a service is not a blocker for people in general. Everyone has the option of building Qt from sources if they do not like the installer, but we believe that we provide value to our users through the installer and the Qt Marketplace to justify the Qt Account.“



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Lähetetty: maanantaina, tammikuuta 27, 2020 6:03 ip.
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Aihe: Re: [Development] Changes to Qt offering

Quoting The Qt Company itslef:

Thanks for your feedback to the new online installer asking for a Qt Account signup. We have evaluated the feedback received via the blog,
various discussion forums, irc and other channels. Based on all these comments and discussions with our partners we realize that this was not our finest moment.
Preventing the growth and usage of Qt in the open source community is not what we want to happen. We did already see a nice jump in the number of Qt Accounts,
but it was never our intention to make our valued community and contributors upset with us or stop using and contributing to Qt.
We clearly ill-calculated how asking for a Qt Account with the online installer would make our users feel. A mistake. Sincere apologies.
We do hope that this eases your concerns, and that we can continue with your trust.


 So apparently the trust of the QT community os nt a concern anymore...

Le lun. 27 janv. 2020 à 15:42, NIkolai Marchenko <enmarantispam at gmail.com<mailto:enmarantispam at gmail.com>> a écrit :
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<mailto: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.

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