[PySide] Honkin Idea for PySide's thriving

Matti Airas mairas at iki.fi
Wed Mar 20 08:57:02 CET 2013

On 20 March 2013 09:41, Christian Tismer <tismer at stackless.com> wrote:

> Make PySide the new standard Gui toolkit for Python!
> I see a lot of my core Python friends sharing my impression that PySide
> Is a great thing. If we can push it enough, it could even be an officially
> supported toolkit for python-dev!
> Either as a replacement or a supported alternative to Tcl/Tk, it could
> quite rapidly grow a pretty large community!
> This is a very rough and fresh idea, and I would like to know what would be
> Stopping us from doing that?

Hi Christian,

It sounds like a nice idea that would help a lot in the long term, as long
as the short-term issues are effectively dealt with.

This would of course require discussion with PSF, but it doesn't sound
impossible. However, I believe they would require a license change from
LGPL to PSL. I think this would be doable for the individual contributors,
but a bigger question mark would be the Nokia-copyrighted contributions.
I'm not sure whether they were sold to Digia when they bought Qt. If so,
we'd need to convince Digia to let go of their commercial prospects towards
PySide. They haven't shown much practical interest so far, so I don't know
whether it would be feasible or not. However, if the copyright is still
owned by Nokia, it might get hairy - you'd need to find a person within the
current, heavily pruned organization and negotiate the licence change. It
could still be doable, but not necessarily straightforward.

Just my 2 c. :-)


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