Personally I've developed a few commercial Qt applications for Linux. And when a Windows version was requested... recompile and it is done!
Worst part: Qt's FOSS license is LGPLv2 only, without the “or any later version” clause which makes forks inflexible.
Qt’s “open governance” is actually not open. If it really was, the community could decide on the licensing terms on its own.
Second, Nokia can only change the license within the existing agreement, which says that if they remove the open-source license, or don't release open-source versions at least once every 12 months, the license automatically changes to BSD.
So let me ask you: since they cannot take Qt solely closed-source, can't stop development of Qt without it becoming BSD-licensed, and can't make the current open-source license more restrictive, what could they do that would be so bad for the open-source community?
Drag's point was accurate. MS simply doesn't care about Qt. It isn't a concern b/c they don't care about xdesktop development beyond what they get .NET. As far as Qt and MS are concerned, there never was a conspiracy. Qt was simply a flea squished by titans shaking hands.
Seriously, Nokia just closed its factory in Finland, who would expect them to keep pouring money into Qt? Especially since they're not using it anymore.
Qt is in high demand right now with no direct competition. Many companies are heavily invested in Qt. It's not "going to die".
The australian guys will get new jobs, Qt will march on, so will KDE.
Because of the Qt Projects open governance and the KDE Qt agreement there is not much anyone could do to sabotage.
Bad luck for the Brisbane guys but like I said, they will find new work.
These guys aren't stupid and most probably saw it coming. My guess is that they are well prepared to transition to something new. It was the same with the people who now make up Jolla.
They got a bit too enthusiastic when MS offered them up a pile of cash to put all their eggs into the MS meat-grinder-disguised-as-a-basket, and its KILLING them. Now to stop the bleeding, they're cutting off their SECOND testicle, guaranteeing permanent impotence.
Not long ago, they said that they had a secret plan B.... the general theory was that it would be dropping MS and going with Android. Unfortunately, their only way to remain RELEVANT is to have something that DISTINGUISHES them. If they switched to Android when Android was NEW, they could be bigger than Samsung right now. That, by itself, would be enough to distinguish them. Now their ONLY prayer is to offer something unique. Dropping the last bit of Qt is definitely the wrong approach.