Qt history refresher course?

Matthew C. Weigel weigel at pitt.edu
Mon Feb 11 18:52:00 UTC 2002

On Monday, February 11, 2002, at 12:26 p, John Cowan wrote:

> Ned Lilly wrote:
>> Could someone give (or provide a link to) a summary of the GNU 
>> community's
>> objections to the QPL,
> The QPL imposes conditions incompatible with the GPL, so software
> licensed under the GPL cannot be incorporated into a GPL program
> (unless the software is also licensed under a GPL-compatible license).

Just to be clear, it *is* a free software license (as well as open 

>> and how the GNOME/KDE brou-ha-ha started?
> That is a separate issue.  Earlier versions of the Qt toolkit
> weren't Open Source, even though KDE was.  GNOME was started as a
> top-to-bottom Open Source desktop.  Then Trolltech changed the
> Qt license to the QPL.

Well, started as a top-to-bottom free software desktop.  Gnome 
wasn't the
only reason that Qt became OSS, and might not have even been a big 

There was pressure from KDE, pressure from Debian, and pressure on KDE
from the community.

weigel at libcom.com

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