[Development] Changes to Freenode's IRC

Giuseppe D'Angelo giuseppe.dangelo at kdab.com
Wed May 19 20:16:27 CEST 2021

On 19/05/2021 18:21, Jason H wrote:
> QtCentre is not free software
> forum.qt.io is not free software
> What is the point of having alignment on the license of the service with the project license? Shouldn't the service be able to pick the best (for various definitions of "best") software for providing the service? Open Source servers may still require onerous terms of service to be used, the underlying code license implementing the service is a separate matter.

In fact, no one should be asking using free software on the server side, 
"just because".

As long as

* the users' privacy is protected (e.g. users' data is never passed to 
3rd parties, never used for marketing/commercial/research purposes, etc.);
* there are no terms/conditions for using the service that are 
incompatible with the Qt Project's own goals and policies (e.g. there's 
a transparent process for the network management);
* there's free _client_ software ("free" as in GPL speak: the "preferred 
form of the work for making modifications to it" is provided, and so on)
* there's no registration required;
* the $newthing has proven stability, staff, resources, etc., and won't 
  disappear in a few months/years;
* ...

then anything is fine.

All other things being equal, the simplest measure would be to simply 
move over to Libera. In any case, that requires 1) a project consensus, 
2) someone representing the project to apply to Libera in order to 
reclaim ownership of the #qt* channels (which appear to have been 
already squatted). I guess that can be the same person who right now is 
the contact for Freenode's #qt channels, although I have no idea who 
that person is.

Giuseppe D'Angelo | giuseppe.dangelo at kdab.com | Senior Software Engineer
KDAB (France) S.A.S., a KDAB Group company
Tel. France +33 (0)4 90 84 08 53, http://www.kdab.com
KDAB - The Qt, C++ and OpenGL Experts

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