Less Love for FOSS Qt Users

From Qt 5.15, The Qt Company make their offering a bit more inconvenient for FOSS users. They announced three changes: A Qt account is mandatory to download binary Qt packages. The offline installer is not available to FOSS users any more. LTS (long-term support) releases are not available to FOSS users, once the next...

Safe-Guarding the (L)GPL Future of Qt

The little known KDE Free Qt Foundation makes sure that Qt stays free and open-source. It guarantees that all Qt modules currently licensed under LGPLv3 must continue to be available under LGPLv3 in the future. This covers all modules from Qt Essentials and many add-on modules. If The Qt Company discontinued the FOSS version...

Using Qt under LGPLv3

At Qt Day 2019 in Florence, Italy, I gave a talk Using Qt under LGPLv3. In the first part The obligations of Qt LGPLv3: made understandable, I explain in detail, how you must provide the source code, the license texts, the copyright notices, any modification notices and the installation information. You don’t have to...

Third-Party Certification of FOSS Compliance

In my post Seminar “Open-Source Management in Software Supply Chains” five weeks ago, I wrote that the “TÜV is working on an external certification but it is not ready yet.” TÜV Süd was busy and became the first third-party authority to certify OpenChain compliance. TÜV Süd certified Hitachi that they have a process...

Using Qt 5.6 and Later under LGPL

Up to Qt 5.3, things were pretty simple. Most modules were under LGPLv2.1 with the exception of some commercial modules. Starting with Qt 5.4, new Qt modules were published under LGPLv3 and old modules additionally under LGPLv3. With Qt 5.6, we now have quite a patchwork of modules under different licenses. Qt 5.7 will...

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