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jryland
jryland writes "It appears that Nokia is planning to release Qt 4.5 under the LGPL as well as under commercial licensing and the GPL. I first got the news today with an email from Nokia to customers and found an article here on Arstechnica about the news:

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20090114-nokia-qt-lgpl-switch-huge-win-for-cross-platform-development.html

http://www.trolltech.com/ appears to now redirect to http://www.qtsoftware.com/ however it doesn't confirm this news as far as I can tell at this time.

This is pretty big news for the FOSS world. I wonder how this will impact many things. Comment with what you think will happen because of this. I can imagine it will eliminate any license arguments in the comparisons of Qt with other toolkits and the relative technical merits will be weighed and used to judge each toolkit rather than simply a comparison of license terms (although Qt appears that it will still have an additional commercial option available presumably so that companies can keep their modifications to Qt to themselves).

I personally think it will significantly increase the usage of Qt and much more software will be written using it. However I wonder how much of the software will be commercial software for Windows and Mac using the LGPL version of Qt which will provide little or no benefit to Linux users?"
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