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Re: Please do not use Qt (fwd)

On Sun, 24 Nov 1996, Herbert Xu wrote:

> This is not the point.  They can release it under any
> license as long as they allow other people to release
> modified versions, even if it has to be under a
> different name.  This is so that the applications
> won't get caught when Troll stops releasing free Qt
> versions.
> Think of what would happen if you weren't allowed to
> release modified versions of X and that company which
> has taken over X decided to make X non-free.

Well, you see, once the source code has been released, it is somewhat 
like Pandora's box.  Programs relying on the old Qt will function as 
always.  Free programs relying on the new, unreleased, pay-for-it Qt... 
well, there just won't be many of those around.

As for not being able modify Qt, not really.  Qt supports inheritance, so
can be modified at a higher abstraction.  Your argument is based on FUD. 
Meanwhile the freeware community diddles around with various uncompleted

Personally, I expected much more from the X development model than has
appeared.  The X world seems to have grasped a commercial library, Motif. 
Where is the plethora of excellent concepts and toolkits?  Seems the big
commercial OSes get those (MacOS, Windows, OS/2 -- not neglecting NeXT, 
it just didn't get to the big status).  So, what went wrong?

I don't support Qt as much as I support a free toolkit that is being 
developed on a continual basis.  It would not be a first to put a wrapper 
around Qt calls, if you so desired, either.

William Burrow  --  Fredericton Area Network, New Brunswick, Canada
Copyright 1996 William Burrow  
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