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Re: Qt3 removal rational

On Tuesday 08 February 2011 08:42:38 Bastien ROUCARIES wrote:
> I comaintain upstream qucs a simulator of electronics circuit and the
> only free one able to simulate radio frequency circuit.
> In the scientific field a lot of software depend of qt3. And a lot of
> uptream lack ressource to port to qt4. At my workplace (university) we
> are using a lot this kind of software for in house use.
> We are not ready to scitch to qt4, and I am willing to ask more
> explanation about removal of qt lib.


Hi Bastien!

As you may know, Qt3 has been dead upstream for more than four years, and thus 
without any kind of maintenance.

Our team's interests in Qt 3 was due to KDE 3, which will be removed now. So, 
there is no further interest on Qt 3 and people in this team do not want to 
be upstream of it or do not have the time to do so.

Our original idea was to remove Qt 3 from Debian. This will be for us the best 
Of course, we can simply orphan Qt 3, and hope somebody will step up to 
maintain it; we are unconvinced this is a responsible step for us to take as 
it would place the maintenance burden of a large package onto the QA team.

Kinds regards,

Lisandro, in name of the Qt/KDE team

Lisandro Damián Nicanor Pérez Meyer

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