Well, here's some interesting weekend news: there's a polarized discussion taking place right now among core KDE developers about merging the KDE libraries into upstream Qt. Cornelius Schumacher, a long-time German KDE developer and currently the KDE e.V. president, has come out yesterday saying, "Let's merge Qt and the KDE development platform. Let's put all KDE libraries, support libraries, platform modules into Qt, remove the redundancies in Qt, and polish it into one nice consistent set of APIs, providing both, the wonderful KDE integration, consistency and convenience, as well as the simplicity and portability of the Qt platform."
Starting off December, Nokia has announced the release of Qt 4.6. This significant Qt tool-kit update introduces support for Symbian and also adds support for Microsoft Windows 7, Apple Mac OS X 10.6, and Maemo 6. The Maemo 5 support is still being worked on. Besides Qt being available on more platforms, Qt 4.6 introduces a new animation framework, new advanced graphics effects, support for multi-touch applications and gestures-based input, major Qt performance improvements, and an updated version of Qt Creator.
Qt 4.4 is planned for release next month with Phonon integration and a number of other features too, but planning is already underway for the next major release of Qt 4.5. A few details surrounding Qt 4.5 will be shed this afternoon in a mobile/embedded talk at the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit here in Austin, but what we have found out so far is that Qt 4.5 will feature performance improvements, enhanced support for OpenVG/OpenGL ES, and proper support for writing animations within Qt. More information to come soon.
Breaking from the KDE 4.0 release event right now is word that Trolltech will be releasing Qt to be released under the GPLv3 license. An official announcement will be made by Trolltech regarding this GPLv2 to GPLv3 license update on Monday, January 21, 2008. Richard Stallman is pleased by this move and had stated, "I am very pleased that Trolltech has decided to make Qt available under GPLv3." This news was delivered at the KDE 4.0 release event by Haavard Nord, Trolltech co-founder & CEO.
Version 4.3.0 of Qt is now available from Trolltech. Qt 4.3 features enhanced support for Microsoft Windows Vista, Qt Script, support for SSL, improved OpenGL support, SVG generation and rendering, and much more. More information is available in the Trolltech press release.
Trolltech has today released Qt 4.2. The two major improvements in this release is support for styleable widgets and a new Graphics View 2D canvas framework. Other prominent changes include Qt/Mac look and feel improvements and tighter integration with GNOME. In fact, Qt 4.2 supports having developers use Qt extensions with non-Qt applications. More can be found in the release announcement.
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