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Clasen: Introducing GtkInspector

Clasen: Introducing GtkInspector

Posted May 19, 2014 8:42 UTC (Mon) by jospoortvliet (subscriber, #33164)
In reply to: Clasen: Introducing GtkInspector by rahulsundaram
Parent article: Clasen: Introducing GtkInspector

Note that GTK does NOT have anything Qt does not: for GTK, there is NO commercial entity which can give out another license if potential customers were interested. For Qt, there is. This is part of the reason why Qt has a lot more code and interests flowing into it, of course, but it doesn't limit anything.

Both code bases are under the LGPL, it is just that in Qt there's an extra option thanks to Digia - for those who pay for it, of course. That payment flows back into Qt as extra money.

This is the same situation as at ownCloud - without ownCloud Inc. there would simply be less development. Otherwise, it would still be aGPL so nobody loses.

Essentially, Rahul, what you portray as a 'problem' is an advantage for the ecosystem. Thanks to the proprietary license, companies like BMW and other large users of Qt contribute (via paying Digia). They would otherwise not or very little, as Open Source just isn't their thing.

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