[Development] Changes to Qt offering

Dmitriy Purgin dpurgin at gmail.com
Mon Jan 27 20:53:41 CET 2020

By the way, gathering emails by requiring an account to download the
software without any technical reason might be indeed an example of a GDPR


On Mon, Jan 27, 2020 at 7:36 PM Frederik Schwarzer <bugfinger at posteo.de>

> Am 27.01.2020 15:34 schrieb Lars Knoll:
> Hi,
> > The second change is that a Qt Account will be in the future required
> > for binary packages.
> We (as an embedded software company) depend a lot on commercial hardware
> with the software tools that are provided by the hardware vendors. The
> most annoying part of that is the need to log in for downloading that
> software. For those vendors there is no reason to require a log in
> technically. The software is not tied to the hardware or anything. It's
> probably just for data collection reasons. It sometimes just takes hours
> before they call your phone trying to sell you something. ...
> What this leads to here is that someone creates an account and puts some
> version of the software on our internal server. Everyone then uses that
> version instead of registering yet another account. The software on our
> server reaches back years and there is no plan updating. That's what
> happens if you put barriers in front of people. You get users who use
> old version.
> >  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
> I do not believe that requiring an account leads to more contributions.
> It just leads to more emails in yet another database that will
> eventually be found open to the public due to some misconfiguration.
> Only collect personal data if it is really needed.
> > 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.
> That however, seems good news. :)
> Regards,
> Frederik
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