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Re: Please do not use Qt (fwd)



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This discussion of the Qt copyright is beginning to sound like
a flame war. Could we please end it and do something productive
instead?

Summary:

	- Debian has a policy about copyrights, and it's not likely 
	  change. Read it in chapter 2 of the Debian policy manual
	  (included as /usr/doc/dpkg/programmer.html in package 
	  dpkg-dev, for example).

	- Qt's copyright does not allow us to put it, or anything
	  that depends on it, in the main distribution.
	  
	- Qt's copyright may be incompatible with the GPL, because
	  of various requirements the GPL makes, even though Qt's owners
	  are happy with the GPL. See Ian Jackson's analysis, posted to
	  debian-user on November 18. We may need to ask a lawer or the FSF 
	  to decide this.

	- Everyone would like a nice GUI library for Debian, but
	  Qt can't be it unless it's copyright is changed.
	  
	- V is LGPL'd, seems to be good enough, and is therefore
	  a better choice for programs that need to go into the
	  main distribution.
	  
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