Qtopia Phone Licensing Issue

Lorn Potter lpotter at trolltech.com
Tue Apr 1 20:50:46 CEST 2008

Tilman Baumann wrote:
> Lorn Potter wrote:
>>> src/3rdparty is where Trolltech for insane reasons known only to
>>> themselves had imported libraries from community they use. 
>> Not insane reasons at all, just not known to you. We have perfectly 
>> legitimate reasons for doing thing this.
>>> They link
>>> against these versions rather than the ones from any other source and
>>> there doesnt appear to be configure options to stop this.
>> The reason for this, is that our customers wanted one package, and did 
>> not want to have to hunt around the net for these. As well, we wanted 
>> to provide specific versions known to work.
> I don't know. Aren't your customers developers?

Our customers are businesses that employ developers, not the developers 

> Developers hate this.

Some perhaps, but not all. I know I hate fiddling around trying to find 
all the dependencies needed for software I want to compile and I ama 

> (At least all experienced linux developers i know. Including me.)

Let's see...choose between just one download package that is known to 
work, or try and hunt around the net for several packages (and 
dependencies) that may or may not work.. hmmmm....
All the developers I know are too busy to continually hunt for versions 
of source code needed to get stuff compiled/working.

> Without wanting to point fingers, whenever i see something like this it 
> is usually a lame excuse for not having a working build system.
> Enough, it's really not about accusations but rather to tell you that i 
> disagree completely.

Thats fine, but you do (most likely) not have our customers. They asked 
for an easier way to download qt + qtopia + extra stuff, and that is 
what we provided.

> Just my 2 Eurocents
>  Tilman

Lorn 'ljp' Potter
Software Engineer, Systems Group, MES, Trolltech

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