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Old 02-14-2011, 10:47 AM   #1
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KDE and Qt future

Anybody worried about KDE future. KDE use the Qt toolkit and Nokia the owner of Qt is going all Windows on there phones. Does anybody know what may happen. Just wondering.
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Qt is open source on GNU (L)GPL licences, so nothing will happen - it will be forked if needed.

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Nobody knows yet what will happen, I suggest reading a few posts on planetkde covering this subject. I agree with eSelix that there isn't much to worry about. Don't spread any FUD please...
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No FUD intended. Just me wondering out-loud. Thanks for the Info. I think the Qt is a great toolkit, and what Nokia did took me by surprise and got me worried. Paranoia will get you every time
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Seriously GPL is the best thing since sliced bread. No matter who does what the bottom line is the software that is released under GPL will stay with us forever.
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A large number of employees left Nokia after they hopped in bed with Windows. I heard that the number is in the thousands, but perhaps that's hearsay...

This is where the GPL shows its importance. When Attachmate acquired Novell, the GPL kept many valuable pieces of software safe. If they had been under the BSD license, that may not have been the case.
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Nokia is still planning to sell and support ~150 million phones with Symbian/Qt, and to put a MeeGo device on the market this year. So they will continue using Qt for the foreseeable future, even tho it is no longer at the center of their software strategy.

So yes, Qt development may slow down somewhat, but I don't think we have to fear for its future. If Qt has no use any longer for Nokia, they will probably sell it. As it's a solid platform, there should be enough interest from other companies to continue using and developing it. And otherwise the community (be it KDE or a separate organization) could take over or fork it, since it is LGPL/GPL licensed.

It's a pity we won't see wider use of Qt on smartphones (I thought that was a promising development, but Nokia failed to deliver there), but that will hardly, if at all, impact its use on the desktop.


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