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posted by Fnord666 on Thursday January 07 2021, @01:21AM   Printer-friendly
from the shooting-yourself-in-the-foot dept.

Open-source contributors say they'll pull out of Qt as LTS release goes commercial-only:

The Qt Company has followed up on its plan to make long-term support releases commercial-only by closing the source for 5.15 today, earning protests from open-source contributors who say that the 6.0 release, which remains open, is not yet usable.

[...] Yesterday senior VP Tuukka Turunen posted: "With Qt 6.0.0 released and the first patch release (Qt 6.0.1) coming soon, it is time to enter the commercial-only LTS phase for Qt 5.15 LTS. All the existing 5.15 branches remain publicly visible, but they are closed for new commits (and cherry-picks)... closing happens tomorrow, 5th January 2021.

"After this the cherry-picks go to another repository that will be available only for the commercial license holders... first commercial-only Qt 5.15.3 LTS patch release is planned to be released in February."

[...] The problem is that these releases are in effect no longer maintained. If there is a security issue, or a fix needed to support some change in one of the target operating systems, open-source users will not get that fix other than in the not-ready version 6.0.

Open-source contributor Thiago Macieira, an Intel software architect, said of the decision: "That means I will not be participating in the development of those fixes, commenting on what's appropriate or not, reviewing backports, or bug reports."

"Tend to agree," said Konstantin Ritt, another developer. "If there is a decision to close 5.15 sources, there'll be no more work from external/unpaid contributors."

Turunen responded that: "This is well understandable and expected. The Qt Company is prepared to handle the Qt 5.15 LTS phase work."

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  • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Thursday January 07 2021, @11:57AM (2 children)

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Thursday January 07 2021, @11:57AM (#1096410)

    I think some of the issue here is that people were delivering patches on 5.15.2 expecting them to appear in an open 5.15.3 but the Trolls are taking 5.15.3 commercial only.

    Sounds like a simple fork to O5.15.3 is all that's needed - the Trolls can continue to feed their customers C5.15.3 and beyond while KDE and the rest of the world can take care of O5.15.3 and beyond.

    Having it sprung like this with minimal notice sucks, but as I recall the switch to LGPL by Nokia was similarly sudden.

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  • (Score: 2) by Grishnakh on Thursday January 07 2021, @04:16PM (1 child)

    by Grishnakh (2831) on Thursday January 07 2021, @04:16PM (#1096499)

    Yes, exactly. I don't see what the problem is here, other than it being a big annoyance. It's not hard to fork GPLed code, and this has been done countless times in the past. Just stick it up on GitHub with a different name (how about "Ru" or "Ps"?) and take the patches there.

    • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @05:00PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 07 2021, @05:00PM (#1096526)

      Nah, it should be called Cutie.