[Development] Changes to Qt offering

Vitaly Fanaskov vitaly.fanaskov at qt.io
Tue Jan 28 11:49:56 CET 2020

> That fork will be necessary because you can't just switch
> projects like KDE from Qt 5 to Qt 6 overnight, it will take years to do it!
In light of this, it's probably worth thinking about releasing a new 
major version of Qt each year. It also might solve some other problems. 
So, how about Qt 2020 instead of Qt6? :)

On 1/28/20 8:46 AM, Bogdan Vatra via Development wrote:
> În ziua de marți, 28 ianuarie 2020, la 08:37:47 EET, Benjamin TERRIER a scris:
>> Le mar. 28 janv. 2020 à 03:22, Thiago Macieira <thiago.macieira at intel.com>
>> a écrit :
>>> On segunda-feira, 27 de janeiro de 2020 14:47:46 PST NIkolai Marchenko
>>> wrote:
>>>> Assuming we have a VM that is restricted to connecting to the internet,
>>> we
>>>> previously could dump the installer there and install Qt.
>>>> Now, we need to have an intermediary PC with the same OS to first
>>>> install
>>>> the binaries via online installer and then copy those binary files to
>>> that
>>>> first VM.
>>>> This is an extraneous and completely artificial step for absolutely no
>>>> reason other than TQtC paywalling them, which is ridiculous.
>>> Previously, you anonymously downloaded the offline installer from another
>>> machine, then copied it over to the VM, and installed there.
>>> Now you're going to download the offline installer from another machine
>>> after
>>> typing your password, then copy over to the VM and install there.
>>> What's the hurdle?
>> You might have missed the info because it is in the blog post, but not in
>> Lars email:
>> There will be no more open source offline installer.
>> For binaries, open source users will only have access to the online
>> installer that will require a Qt Account.
>    Folks, you have to understand that The Qt Company must pay its developers!
>    I really don't bother if there will be offline installers only for commercial
> customers. Or if they will require an username&pass to download from the
> online installer. Right now I'm not typing my user & pass just because the
> pass it's randomly generated and I'm too lazy to open my passwords app to get
> it.
>    What I'm worried about is that there will be a 5.15 fork after TQC will
> close that branch. That fork will be necessary because you can't just switch
> projects like KDE from Qt 5 to Qt 6 overnight, it will take years to do it!
> In all these years, all linux distributions that will ship Qt 5, will need
> regular updates with bug fixes, and because Qt 5.15 branch it's closed they
> will have to use either a "community" fork where all these distros will share
> their bugfixes or they will have their own patches. This means, it will be bad
> for TQC, because if these patches are not contributed via gerrit (CLA), TQC
> can't use them for commercial customers.
> Cheers,
> BogDan.
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Best Regards,

Fanaskov Vitaly
Senior Software Engineer

The Qt Company / Qt Quick and Widgets Team

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