a couple of days ago announcing the purchase of Qt by Digia, which will be that from now check the direction of development of a technology in which, among others, is based around the KDE Project .
As often happens in these situations, the concern is a hole in all concerned, because even though Qt is “insured against unforeseen” would be a blow, for example, that the company paying salaries most developers decided to take a course incompatible with the needs of the community working with Qt .
Digia seem to have raised the issue, and published an open letter to the KDE community, which is reproduced below:
As you may have heard, Digia announced plans to acquire Nokia’s Qt technology. This operation ensures the future of Qt as the best platform development framework. It also brings to the team of Nokia’s Qt, which together with the team of R & D Qt Digia will be able to lead the development of Qt beyond.Digia
With this acquisition will be the main company responsible for Qt, not just the business of business licenses. We believe in the power of dual license Qt. It is a great value for Qt that can be used under open source licenses and commercial. We want to continue the symbiosis with the community of KDE and the KDE Free Qt Foundation.
Digia will conduct the operation of the Qt project, including organizing key systems through Project Qt Foundation. It is very important for us to have an increasing number of contributions of different community members Qt. We want to work with the ecosystem through the full Qt Qt project to ensure that Qt will draw both under commercial licenses and open source.Continue
Qt development is both a challenge and an opportunity. Be in the hands of the community and Digia secure the future of Qt as the best platform development framework, a challenge that we are willing to assume. The KDE community is a key factor and an employee of Qt and therefore we would like to further develop our relationship with it, through dialogue and cooperation even stronger future.
We will continue the work originally established by Trolltech for over 15 years to develop a framework that allows to write the code once and develop elsewhere. We will carry out improvements in Qt for both our customers and open source users can rely on continued investment Digia to provide a framework that will make your projects successful. We look forward to working with KDE in order to consolidate and expand the global reach of Qt.
about a month, the legality of the acquisition is complete. Before that, we want to plan things together with you (the KDE community) and other stakeholders from the community of Qt. We discuss and agree on the future of Qt, so we can all work together effectively once the transaction is completed.Tuukka Turunen
Director, R & D
If you remember, something similar happened with the purchase of Novell by Attachmate, who also wanted to make things clear with the openSUSE community, and have so far kept his word. Digia hope to do the same, not to pass over.
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