Qt, Open Source and corona

Paul Brown paul.brown at kde.org
Thu Apr 9 09:19:00 BST 2020


On miƩrcoles, 8 de abril de 2020 23:20:34 (CEST) Jens wrote:
> On onsdag 8 april 2020 kl. 20:11:47 CEST Paul Brown wrote:
> > On miƩrcoles, 8 de abril de 2020 20:03:37 (CEST) Nate Graham wrote:
> > > On 4/8/20 9:32 AM, Christoph Cullmann wrote:
> > > > On 2020-04-08 15:39, Boudewijn Rempt wrote:
> > > >> On woensdag 8 april 2020 13:13:41 CEST Jens wrote:
> > > >>> The issue is for KDE is that we can't prepare ourselves. We can't
> > > >>> fork Qt,
> > > >>> because we lack the manpower to safely do so currently.
> > > >> 
> > > >> But if we work together with other participants in the Qt community,
> > > >> then it might be feasible. In fact, I think it's necessary to start
> > > >> bringing together a group of stakeholders and start preparing for a
> > > >> fork.
> > > > 
> > > > Actually, at least as the last possible option, if any further
> > > > cooperation breaks down, I agree with this.
> > > 
> > > I strongly agree. I think the sooner we demonstrate that we are capable
> > > of credibly maintaining a fork with other stakeholders in the FOSS Qt
> > > ecosystem, the stronger of a bargaining chip it will be in our
> > > negotiations with TQtC, so we don't have to. And in case the
> > > negotiations break down and we are forced to move forward with the fork,
> > > our prior preparation will ensure continuity so we won't have to
> > > scramble at the last minute.
> > > 
> > > It's heartening that KDAB has already indicated willingness to support
> > > such a thing should it become necessary. Are there other Qt-using
> > > companies who we could reach out to?
> > 
> > * Autodesk:
> > https://www.autodesk.com/company/legal-notices-trademarks/open-source-dist
> > r
> > ibution
> > 
> > * MBition (Daimler/Mercedes company -- Eike may be able to give mor
> > information that).
> 
> VLC? I mean its not a large company exactly but its Qt, it's ballsy and
> would probably be pro a fork.
> 

To further this list, a friend in the VFX industry  pointed out that all these 
non-KDE projects use the Free version of Qt  (thanks Mike):

* Appleseed: https://appleseedhq.net/  --- https://github.com/appleseedhq/
appleseed
* Gaffer (by Image Engine): https://gafferhq.org/ --- https://github.com/
gafferHQ/gaffer
* Olive Editor: https://olivevideoeditor.org/  ---  https://github.com/olive-editor/olive
* OpenCue (Python): https://www.opencue.io/  --  https://github.com/
AcademySoftwareFoundation/OpenCue
* Autodesk Maya-USD:  https://github.com/autodesk/maya-usd

... and from Pixar:

* Pixar USD (Python): https://graphics.pixar.com/usd/docs/index.html  ---  
https://github.com/PixarAnimationStudios/usd
* Pixar OpenTimelineIO (Python): http://opentimeline.io/  ---  https://
github.com/PixarAnimationStudios/opentimelineio

Some are community-originated and others are company-originated projects, but, 
either way,  my guess is that they would all prefer things remained the way 
they were.

Cheers

Paul
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