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Qt in the land of Gnome: issue of copyright

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Recently Mark Shuttleworth wrote about how Qt will become part of the Ubuntu 11.10 desktop, and that Qt-based apps will eventually be considered as possible default Ubuntu apps. Obviously, this would be a big change from using GTK-only applications (that is, aside from Firefox and Open/Libreoffice applications), but Mark encourages GNOME developers to consider using Qt, too. He writes, “Perhaps GNOME itself will embrace Qt, perhaps not, but if it does then our willingness to blaze this trail would be a contribution in leadership.”

I agree on this, and think that enabling usage of Qt in GNOME projects would be a contribution in leadership. It would be great if developers had the option of using tools like Qt Creator and Qt Quick when building applications for GNOME-based desktops (or other devices!).

The question is: How do you make that happen? All technical matters aside, how do you encourage GNOME developers to consider using Qt for their applications?

To me, one major consideration in further developing the Qt-to-GNOME bridge, and encouraging developers to use Qt in GNOME-based desktops, involves copyright.

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