Looks like the #Qt devs are using COVID-19 as an excuse to effectively make Qt proprietary software.

"last week, the company suddenly informed both the #KDE e.V. board and the KDE Free QT Foundation that the economic outlook caused by the Corona virus puts more pressure on them to increase short-term revenue. As a result, they are thinking about restricting ALL Qt releases to paid license holders for the first 12 months"

A year in the software world is eternity, may as well not release it.

Let's remember that this is the same company that suddenly restricted access to binary and LTS releases without warning.

This way way before anyone had any idea about what 2020 will bring. They have made an internal decision to make Qt no longer free software, it's just about finding every little opportunity to tighten the squeeze on #KDE and the wider #FLOSS community in general.

And of course we 100% believe them- this is just temporary, once they taste the profits, they're going to stop.


@MatejLach Thank you for staying on top of this! It really clarifies the viability of Qt (i.e., non at all to people like me).

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