[FoRK] [Fwd: Nokia to License Qt Under LGPL]

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Wed Jan 14 09:03:26 PST 2009

Awesome.  Except that I now have virtually zero interest in Qt due to 
Air, JavaFX, and even modern Javascript / browsers.

I thought they might to this when they bought Qt, but when I check on 
licensing costs last year, they were still terribly steep.

Furthermore, I need 3D widgets and they only support a 3D view space I 
believe.  Although I'll start 2D on my current project, I need to go 3D 
with 2D components after a certain point.  Suggestions or examples of 
good 3D widget space would be welcome.  3D games are where a lot of that 
is at.

Still, cool, and I'll probably still use it when I want to stay C++.  Qt 
always had a nice feel.  The only GUI library I liked better than 
Interviews, in C++ at least.

I actually bought a full commercial license at one point, however the 
yearly maintenance / upgrades have just not been worth it to me.


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	Nokia to License Qt Under LGPL
Date: 	Wed, 14 Jan 2009 08:17:47 +0000
From: 	Nokia, Qt Software <Nokia_Qt_Software at mail.vresp.com>
Reply-To: 	Nokia, Qt Software 
<reply-b1f799d078-7aba2e5f3a-01f2 at u.cts.vresp.com>
To: 	sdw at lig.net

Dear Qt User:

Nokia is pleased to announce that with the release of Qt 4.5 you will
be able to use Qt under the Lesser General Public License (LGPL)
version 2.1 terms. When released in March 2009, Qt will be made
available under three licensing options: Commercial, LGPL and GPL.
Prior versions of Qt are not impacted by this announcement.

Nokia is committed to Qt and its continued development. By offering Qt
under LGPL version 2.1 license terms alongside today’s licensing
options Nokia hopes to:

- facilitate wider adoption of Qt across industries, desktop, web and
embedded platforms.
- establish Qt as a de facto standard for application development.
- receive more valuable feedback and increased user contributions to
ensure that Qt remains the best-in-class, cross-platform framework.
- extend Nokia’s existing platform commitment to the open source

By offering a cost-free LGPL license as well as commercial and GPL
licenses to Qt, you can choose the license model that best fits your
development requirements.

Irrespective of which license model you choose:

- Qt Software is committed to continuing to provide our customers with
the same level of professional support, services and regular releases
you have come to expect of Qt Software.
- We will continue to actively develop Qt, and with a greater degree
of cooperation with the community through a new contribution model, we
hope to make Qt even more valuable to our users.

For more information on the introduction of the LGPL license and what
this means for you, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions
section on www.qtsoftware.com.

Best regards

Tom Miller
Director of Sales
Nokia, Qt Software

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