Distros and QtWebEngine

Thiago Macieira thiago at kde.org
Tue Apr 21 17:55:04 BST 2015

On Tuesday 21 April 2015 15:44:35 Kevin Kofler wrote:
> Thomas Lübking wrote:
> >    I know nothing about the trouble w/ QWebEngine¹, but what is insinuated
> >    here is that it's completely unusable, unmaintainable, undistributable
> >    - ie. Qt then simply won't have any full blown web engine, resp. has
> >    one that nobody uses? That issue would seem -a tiny bit- faaaar beyond
> >    kdepim or anything KDE related, to me those claims read: "Qt now has no
> >    longer a web kit/engine".
> That's exactly the problem. I have objected to the QtWebKit deprecation on
> those exact grounds on the upstream Qt mailing list, but my complaints have
> fallen on deaf ears.

I think that's not a fair characterisation that they fell on deaf ears. They 
were heard, but it's simply a matter of fact that WebKit is no longer a 
possible target, since Apple removed the necessary bits out of WebKit and 
they're a much harder group to work with than Google.

So it's simply not an option to continue to develop WebKit.

If someone has 100 full-time developers to spare, I'm sure un-deprecation 
could happen. (I'm not exaggerating)

> That said, Google is a web-centric company and as such more likely to put
> evil stuff into their browser than Apple. In fact, Chromium and Chrome
> already have the reputation of hiding spyware (mis)features in their code.

I'm not sure about spyware, but they do have a history of inserting things of 
theirs, like the HTTP-over-QUIC they recently talked about.

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