Visual Studio Tools license



  • Hi.

    I've noticed that the Visual Studio Tools license is GPL. In the past the Visual Studio Add-in was LGPL. So basically, now it is not possible to develop non GPL projects using Visual Studio Tools. In particular, not being able to install the tool makes it really hard to move to Visual Studio 2017 and be able to debug QT objects.

    I guess that if the license is GPL is because it cannot be made LGPL. Is it possible to acquire the tool with a commercial license?

    Thanks.

    Lutfi


  • Lifetime Qt Champion

    Hi and welcome to devnet,

    That's a topic you should bring to the interest mailing list. You'll find there Qt's developers/maintainers. This forum is more user oriented.


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    @ldwedari Why is it an issue if the license of a tool is GPL? You only use it to develop your software, right? You don't link against it or include it in your project. GCC is GPL for example but you still can use it to build commercial software.
    Or do I miss something?


  • Qt Champions 2016

    Hi
    The only time GPL vs LGPL. would have relevance, would be if you wanted to include the
    code FROM/of the plugin into your own source.

    OR else i don't understand the question.

    You are using the software as a tool and the end result, ( your exe) is not affected by that.

    Else would all pictures in the world suddenly be free if ever edited in an open source editor.



  • @jsulm and @mrjj Thanks. Your are right the tools. I'm just using the tool to create a project, not linking against it, so it should be fine.


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