[Development] Qt Multimedia as Add-on in Qt 6

Florian Bruhin me at the-compiler.org
Fri May 22 21:25:25 CEST 2020

On Fri, May 22, 2020 at 02:54:24PM -0400, Matthew Woehlke wrote:
> On 22/05/2020 13.43, Jason H wrote:
> > How about I just pay - which my company already does? The lagging mobile
> > support has us considering moving away from Qt. I think this decision
> > would confirm our direction and only hasten our departure
> > from the Qt ecosystem.
> > 
> > I guess to some degree it depends on how you define "essential".
> > Clearly multimedia *is* essential
> What's "clear" to you may not be "clear" to everyone. I, personally, don't
> believe I have ever used QtMM. I can think of applications I might *like* to
> write that might use it, but plenty of applications I *do* write have no
> need for it. Most KDE applications don't need it. QtC and Designer don't
> need it.
> In fact, out of the software I use in a typical day, the only stuff that
> comes to mind that might need it are:
> - Gwenview (but it's more a nice-to-have)
> - Plasma? (Whatever is responsible for system notifications, anyway)
> - My web browser (except I use Firefox, which does not use Qt...)
> - Dragon
> Really, the only three things I would argue *need* it are my web browser,
> media player, and the desktop environment itself.
> For quite a few application developers, it is *not* essential at all.

FWIW I write a browser[1] using Qt - in its default configuration, it uses
QtWebEngine, which does not use QtMultimedia either (and uses Chromium's
multimedia stack instead).


[1] https://www.qutebrowser.org/

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