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Re: FreeQt concerns
I won't make any additional comments since this reply is just to ask
other key persons what they think.
Erik Walthinsen wrote:
> > I was just thinking some more about the FreeQt project, and it *might*
> > not be so hot of an idea...
> I was talking with someone after the Portland LUG meeting yesterday, and he
> voiced the same concerns.
> > What's a commercial vendor going to use, then? Qt or FreeQt? If FreeQt
> > is just as good, the choice is pretty obvious.... What's that going to
> > do to TrollTech? What's it going to do to other companies considering
> > releasing software or libraries for Linux?
> Exactly. FreeQt is biting the hand that feeds it. Troll Tech does many
> good things for Linux (specifically, Qt), and FreeQt could blow them out of
> the market, even if it's designed to "only" provide what K* uses. Given
> that Qt is cross-platform (right? I'm hearing this second-hand and haven't
> had time to cross-check), it is a very good way for companies who want to
> (re-)write their software to easily port the Linux from the same code they
> build the Windoze binaries from. Killing Troll Tech is thus a very bad
> > At the very least, if this thing goes through, I think it should be
> > under straight GPL - *not* LGPL. This would give some protection to
> > Troll, since proprietary development wouldn't be possible, but would
> > still appease the KDE critics.
> Possibly. It depends, I'm going to have to go read the [NM]PL again... Did
> they manage to solve the GPL coexistence problem? But you're right, if
> it's going to be done, it should be GPL'd rather than LGPL'd, as it does
> provide extra safeties.
> > Is this an overblown concern? What do you think????
> I don't think it's overblown at all. However, making this opinion known is
> going to prove very unpopular to many people, and since on one really has
> control over the FreeQt project anyway, it all depends on the developers'
> opinions on the subject.
> One very useful project would be for someone to write a paper detailing
> what's wrong with LGPL'ing FreeQt, and what it will (not may, *will*) do to
> Troll Tech. Keep it up to date and make sure that people read it. If you
> wish to write such a paper, or co-author it, please sign onto the seul-pub
> list (low-traffic) and e-mail Martin Jackson (firstname.lastname@example.org) to
> coordinate your efforts.
> Erik Walthinsen <email@example.com> - SEUL Project system architect
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