Qt licensing hell!

Bruce Sass bsass at freenet.edmonton.ab.ca
Thu Aug 23 20:26:15 CEST 2001


On Thu, 23 Aug 2001, Chris Farley wrote:

> I would like to develop an opensource cross-platform GUI application
> in PyQt. I would like to distribute a Windows version of the application
> bundled with all the .DLLs needed to run the program, including the Qt
> library. Is it legal to do this? Here's part of the license that is
> giving me headaches.
>
>   * You may copy and distribute the Software in unmodified form
>   provided that the entire package, including - but not restricted
>   to - copyright, trademark notices and disclaimers, as released
>   by the initial developer of the Software, is distributed.
>
> Does this mean I can't distribute just the .DLL, and that I need to
> distribute the entire non-commercial version of Qt? Ack!

You should be able to handle it the same way GPLed software
distributors do... make separate binary and source packages, have both
available so your users can get to the source they want it.

Of course, TrollTech are really the ones to ask.


- Bruce





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