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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 The problem is that these releases are in effect no longer maintained.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: 4, Interesting) by Rich on Thursday January 07 2021, @03:23PM

    by Rich (945) on Thursday January 07 2021, @03:23PM (#1096469) Journal

    The interesting thing will be what the KDE makers and those with prominent Qt applications are going to do now. Eerie silence so far on the lists when I just checked. They are so exposed that they absolutely need security updates, so a "get off my lawn, i'll just use Qt 5.15" (or even Qt 4...) will not do, as it would for people doing just a few in-house hacks.

    Options I see:

    - Fork Qt from 5.15 and continue to maintain it as KDE project
    - Migrate to CopperSpice
    - A combination of the above
    - Port to Qt HEAD

    The latter is of course pure lunacy which will end in a broken KDE, but far from unlikely. Qt just have to bait a couple of their lead devs with six-month contracts and that path will be voted for. As a result, Qt gets to milk off the other contributors work, before that collapses.

    But I don't see Krita jump on that train, for example, their project leader really knows how to keep such a large project on course.

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