Future of Qt: Digia aquires Qt



  • Digia "announced":http://www.digia.com/en/Home/Company/News/Digia-to-acquire-Qt-from-Nokia/ that it has bought Qt from Nokia.

    Some quotes from the announcement:
    [quote] Following the acquisition Digia becomes responsible for all the Qt activities formerly carried out by Nokia. These include product development, as well as the commercial and open source licensing and service business. [/quote]
    So, we will still have commercial and Open Source Qt.
    [quote] Following the acquisition, Digia plans to quickly enable Qt on Android, iOS and Windows 8 platforms.[/quote]
    So, more platforms, both on mobile and on the desktop!
    [quote]As part of the transaction, a maximum of 125 Qt people from Nokia will transfer to Digia, mostly based in Oslo, Norway and Berlin, Germany.[/quote]
    So, at least part of the team seems to be saved, but a pitty that that was appearantly not possible for the Brisbane team.
    [quote]Digia encourages all current ecosystem members to continue working on improving Qt with full confidence in Digia’s continued investment to make Qt the leading cross-platform development framework. Digia will work with ecosystem members to secure a successful release of Qt5 and is committed to continuing the Qt Project in order to maintain Qt’s availability under both open source and commercial licenses.[/quote]
    So, Digia is committed to continue the Qt Project.

    Edit:
    Message that was just posted on the mailinglist:
    [quote]
    I’m sending this to you on behalf of Tuukka Turunen.

    Dear all,

    I am happy to let you know that today Digia announced its plans to acquire the Qt technology and assume main responsibility for all Qt activities from Nokia. This includes driving forth the Qt Project together with the community. The acquisition also includes a part of the Nokia Qt team. Read the full blog post for more details: http://www.digia.com/en/Blogs/Qt-blog/Tuukka-Turunen/Dates/2012/8/Digia-extends-commitment-to-acquire-Qt-from-Nokia
    [/quote]

    All in all, I think this is very good news.


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    We'll see how it will work in reality, but so far the news is great! Not only Qt has found a new home, but also a lot of developers have a guaranteed job, and we may see official support for new platforms. Brilliant!

    Edit: typos. Lots.



  • Great news. New platforms: Android, iOS and Windows 8!
    And I like this: "bring back focus on Qt’s desktop and embedded platform support, while widening the support for mobile operating systems"



  • Great news :)

    "Wow my 200th post for a good news :P"



  • Congratulation



  • Very good news!



  • great news, thanks for sharing them!

    I wonder what will happen to this great forum in the process of the migration from Nokia to Digia



  • So Good !!!

    will android, ios and windows 8 Qt Platform available as ios ?
    For android : do you plan to help to the necessitas qt android or it's a new port ?
    Ios : Do you plan to works with Ian from qt4ios ?



  • This news is something will bring relief to many QT stake holders specially those who started investing in Qt less than a year a go and had hard time last month when news came in that Nokia is ditching it.



  • Qt everywhere. Let this become true.


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    [quote author="Jayakrishnan.M" date="1344500641"]Qt everywhere. Let this become true.[/quote]

    Indeed. Oh, indeed :)



  • Great, and I like this news....
    Hope "Dream come to true"



  • Finally free of Elop's (and thus Microsofts) death grip. And with proper Android and iOS support, maybe Qt5/QML will after all have been a good idea for mobile platforms.



  • I hopes it will be possible to use QML on QT5 Ios .. for now it seems that there is a big issue with V8 on ios ?



  • Message that was posted on the mailinglist:
    [quote]
    I’m sending this to you on behalf of Tuukka Turunen.

    Dear all,

    I am happy to let you know that today Digia announced its plans to acquire the Qt technology and assume main responsibility for all Qt activities from Nokia. This includes driving forth the Qt Project together with the community. The acquisition also includes a part of the Nokia Qt team. Read the full blog post for more details: http://www.digia.com/en/Blogs/Qt-blog/Tuukka-Turunen/Dates/2012/8/Digia-extends-commitment-to-acquire-Qt-from-Nokia
    [/quote]



  • Ah, great! This is going in the right direction.
    Lets hope that the Trolls in down under get saved too, then everything should be fine.

    I'd like to see Qt spread to more platforms, Android and iOS are a good way to start.
    But I also think that the qt project must be continued, Qt has to become independent.


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  • any comments of Qt project community manager about this news ?



  • This is by far the best news about Qt we've had in months.

    I guess with this announcement, the time of uncertainty about Qt's future is over (at least for a while).

    The official announcement's text fuels hopes of a even brighter future of Qt on as many devices as never before. I'm even a bit surprised they anounced their commitment to Android and iOS with their first official statement, but it definitely shows a clear vision of true platform independence - a vision that could not be developed as effectivly when a company like Nokia is responsible for development, that has a high interest in committing to one specific platform only.

    Nevertheless, I'm grateful for the effort Nokia has put into Qt within the past years and I believe that it has contributet a huge amount to the successful development of Qt in the past.



  • It would be more than a little ironic if Nokia's new main smartphone platform ends up being the only major such platform without Qt support...



  • Great news,so happy!



  • Great news, hopefully Digia will be a good home to the developers of Qt. It would be good to get Qt back on tracks, and how that QtQuick is pretty much done, get the focus back on the native APIs, improving the old, rusty ones and creating craeting nice, public APIs to make use of the many features, that were exclusively available to QtQuick under Nokia.

    But even with the old APIs, official and quality Android and iOS support will be great.

    Also, it is about time to move onto GCC 4.7.x



  • Awesome news :)

    Android, iOS, Windows 8 + BB10, Julla :p



  • Good news,



  • Hmmm, good news for the community... not so good for those who'll be laid-off after working so hard on Qt... just saying...



  • ^^Hopefully not, depends on what is digia's intent, simply milk what already exist or actively develop it further. I bet all of us prefer the second scenario, and pretty soon we will know, based on what will actually happen to the developers of Qt...


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    [quote author="utcenter" date="1344526854"]^^Hopefully not, depends on what is digia's intent, simply milk what already exist or actively develop it further. I bet all of us prefer the second scenario, and pretty soon we will know, based on what will actually happen to the developers of Qt...[/quote]

    According to the official statement and recent discussion on mailing list, the "125 people" is pretty much everybody working on Qt within (currently) Nokia, except - sadly - Brisbane. But don't take my word for it, if you want to be 100% sure, wait a bit and ask the Trolls on IRC or ML.



  • Good news, the uncertainty is over. I welcome the renewed focus on the desktop.

    When my N9 breaks, I look forward to replace it with BB10 or Jolla !



  • Maybe Brisbane is already sold to someone else... ;) just trolling

    But I think the chances are good, that the down under trolls get saved too now.



  • Hopefully this won't be the end of Qt3D, which for me is the most useful contribution to Qt for the last few years.



  • There will be a solution found for Brisbane, as they are responsible for Qt3D, QtDeclarative, QtMultimedia, QtSensors and QtSystems, as well as for the CI/QA (for which we have already confirmation that it will be part of Digia). All modules which are of great importance to Qt5 and the strong mobile focus Digia wants to attain.

    We have no additional information yet, but I'm confident that things will turn out well for Brisbane - which would be the cherry on this super-delicious cake.



  • [quote author="Lukas Geyer" date="1344535654"]There will be a solution found for Brisbane, as they are responsible for Qt3D, QtDeclarative, QtMultimedia, QtSensors and QtSystems, as well as for the CI/QA (for which we have already confirmation that it will be part of Digia). All modules which are of great importance to Qt5 and the strong mobile focus Digia wants to attain.

    We have no additional information yet, but I'm confident that things will turn out well for Brisbane - which would be the cherry on this super-delicious cake.

    [/quote]

    well, so far the only solution is 'find another job', and I doubt that will change.

    Although since open governance, I can continue working on QSensors and QSensorGestures in my free time. Which apparently I will have plenty of



  • So there is some gray behind the utopic view some people enthusiastically try to establish. Hopefully Digia will take you back, it wasn't Digia that closed the Brisbane office in the first place.


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    bq. So there is some gray behind the utopic view some people enthusiastically try to establish. Hopefully Digia will take you back, it wasn’t Digia that closed the Brisbane office in the first place.

    I wouldn't call it a utopic view, though it seems like there's a lot more room for sleeping peacefully rather than before the announcement (when there was nothing to do but speculate.) I think there's pretty universal agreement that the Qt's future in Nokia's hands was pretty bleak, where there's a brighter possibility for the future now. I don't think that the future's necessarily all roses and gumdrops, but there's a lot of celebration to be had in an obvious stay of execution. I hope that Digia has the ability to salvage as much of the Brisbane office as possible, too. There's a lot of great talent there that would be a shame to waste.



  • [quote author="lpotter" date="1344536761"]well, so far the only solution is 'find another job', and I doubt that will change.
    Although since open governance, I can continue working on QSensors and QSensorGestures in my free time.
    Which apparently I will have plenty of[/quote]Well, that' sucks, no doubt.

    It would be a shame if all the valuable knowledge gets lost and the flow of ingenious work from Down Under would run dry - whatever logistical, financial or organizational problems have prevented an immediate solution for Brisbane.

    Are there any plans to work on as an independent company? Even though Digia (and KDAB, ICS or any other) can't offer you a steady employment now, there might be other ways of (financial) support which would allow you to continue operation - maybe until there is a definite solution.

    Well, I can't offer you a steady employment as well - but I for would sure scrape together some money just to see you doing what you are good at. I know that might be a delicate subject, but I would actually love to see some fundraising or kickstarting possibility itegrated into the Qt Project to support worthy projects. The simplest form of contribution is still money.

    If all else fails having a profound knowledge of Qt and a troll badge on the vita is definitely a huge plus when looking for new opportunities - especially now as Qt seems to get a new, great momentum.

    I don't how it is there Down Under, but here in Middle Europe more and more companies understand the advantage and value of having employees beeing heavily involved in the stuff they have to work with on a daily basis and support or even reward contribution and participation.



  • I hope that Digia WILL continue the qt certification program too!



  • Most likely, considering it is paid.



  • [quote author="lpotter" date="1344536761"]

    well, so far the only solution is 'find another job', and I doubt that will change.

    Although since open governance, I can continue working on QSensors and QSensorGestures in my free time. Which apparently I will have plenty of

    [/quote]

    Best of luck mate.


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    [quote author="Lukas Geyer" date="1344548076"]Well, I can't offer you a steady employment as well - but I for would sure scrape together some money just to see you doing what you are good at. I know that might be a delicate subject, but I would actually love to see some fundraising or kickstarting possibility itegrated into the Qt Project to support worthy projects. The simplest form of contribution is still money.[/quote]

    A big +1 from me on that :) It would be great to see this kind of option opening, and I would be happy to pay (privately. Company I work for has commercial Qt anyway).



  • [quote author="lpotter" date="1344536761"]
    well, so far the only solution is 'find another job', and I doubt that will change.
    [/quote]

    Well... if you'd considder working in The Hague, NL, I might be able to help you in that area...


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