This is not a point that I am talking about, I agree that the Qt ecosystem has a lot of developers. Clearly I haven't been able to communicate what hair I am splitting here. The point is that there clearly exists an ecosystem around GTK who haven't chosen to use Qt and that if you want to convert those users and bring them into the Qt ecosystem then you will have to find out what their concerns are which are preventing them from joining and address them. One of those concerns seems to be the CLA. Talking about how big the Qt ecosystem currently is and how successful it has been doesn't change the fact that there is another (smaller) ecosystem out there blocking any kind of universal consensus in the Linux desktop space.
Maybe an analogy can help (or make it less clear 8-). A desktop software application which is only in English can have a large, vibrant development and user community and be wildly successful, but there will always be a part of the marketplace where telling potential users/developers to "learn English" is not going to be helpful, so there will always be a percentage of the marketplace you are cutting out by that decision.
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