[Interest] Digia to acquire Qt from Nokia

BRM bm_witness at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 14 16:50:45 CEST 2012

> From: André Somers <andre at familiesomers.nl>

> To: interest at qt-project.org
> Sent: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 10:31 AM
> Subject: Re: [Interest] Digia to acquire Qt from Nokia
> Op 14-8-2012 16:19, Rui Maciel schreef:
>>  On 08/14/2012 03:08 PM, Atlant Schmidt wrote:
>>>      And I never said it did. I simply said that Nokia
>>>      destroyed all (+/-) of their own investment in
>>>      Trolltech, perhaps as a result of driving Qt into
>>>      (further into?) FOSS territory.
>>  How could anyone drive Qt into FOSS territory when it was already widely
>>  distributed under a FLOSS license?  It has been so since the 1.* days.
>>  Moreover, it appears Qt has been released under the GPL for over a
>>  decade.  How can a project be driven further into FLOSS territory after
>>  spending a decade of being released under the GPL?
>>  Again, you need to come up with another scapegoat.
> Surely you can't deny that releasing under LGPL is something really 
> different from releasing under GPL? The difference is only one letter, 
> but the business implications differ quite a bit more...

Not really. As a commercial licensee (for work) and from what I gather on this and the dev lists;
most of the commercial licensees are sticking with the commercial license because of the ambiguity
with the LGPL and how to apply it; and the fact that while Nokia did do that, they have not provided any
clarity to its use.

So it makes it a little easier for some to use that might not have otherwise, but ultimately I don't think it really changes anything.


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