[Development] Changes to Qt offering

NIkolai Marchenko enmarantispam at gmail.com
Mon Jan 27 17:39:03 CET 2020

 > and the offline installer will become available to commercial licensees
Not to mention "free qt binaries installer" will become a third party thing
like, immediately.

On Mon, Jan 27, 2020 at 7:37 PM Benjamin TERRIER <b.terrier at gmail.com>

> My understanding of the agreement between The Qt Company and the KDE Free
> Qt Foundation is that if the Qt Company
> releases a commercial Qt version without releasing the corresponding
> open-source version within 12 months, the ownership of Qt will be
> transferred
> to the KDE Free Qt Foundation under a BSD license. (section 3.(ii)).
> I am pretty sure a source only release would be enough. So I bet that the
> LTS branches will be public, but we will not have a binary release through
> the installer.
> Le lun. 27 janv. 2020 à 17:17, Bogdan Vatra via Development <
> development at qt-project.org> a écrit :
>> 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...
>> Cheers,
>> BogDan.
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