I held onto posting this since I expected Ehtyar would mention it in his weekly news report, but he did not so here it is.
Since Nokia bought Trolltech last year, Qt has seen significant improvements in many areas that have made the toolkit even more interesting to work with. Despite this, the licensing terms governing its usage made difficult for many developers to use it in their projects as the available options meant they either had to open source the software in order to comply with the GPL and thus be able to use the free edition, or to pay a significant sum of money for the commercial license.
But with the release of Qt 4.5, Nokia will introduce a new licensing option: the LGPL. Technicalities aside, this means developers of non-commercial closed source projects will be able to finally use Qt without having to open the source code of its software. Commercial developers also can take advantage of the new licensing terms to use Qt without paying a cent, but their freedom to develop the software is more constrained and it lacks certain support options.
Another important change is that Trolltech will open a public repository containing the Qt code, which in turn will make more easier for other people to review and enhance the toolkit.
Qt 4.5 also includes other nice new features
, like better integration of Qt-based apps in GNOME desktops. Information page about the new license
, analysis at Ars Technica
and discussion at Slashdot
So, mouser, about that cross-platform FARR...
via Ars Technica