Qt3 removal rational
On Tuesday 08 February 2011 08:42:38 Bastien ROUCARIES wrote:
> I comaintain upstream qucs a simulator of electronics circuit and the
> only free one able to simulate radio frequency circuit.
> In the scientific field a lot of software depend of qt3. And a lot of
> uptream lack ressource to port to qt4. At my workplace (university) we
> are using a lot this kind of software for in house use.
> We are not ready to scitch to qt4, and I am willing to ask more
> explanation about removal of qt lib.
As you may know, Qt3 has been dead upstream for more than four years, and thus
without any kind of maintenance.
Our team's interests in Qt 3 was due to KDE 3, which will be removed now. So,
there is no further interest on Qt 3 and people in this team do not want to
be upstream of it or do not have the time to do so.
Our original idea was to remove Qt 3 from Debian. This will be for us the best
Of course, we can simply orphan Qt 3, and hope somebody will step up to
maintain it; we are unconvinced this is a responsible step for us to take as
it would place the maintenance burden of a large package onto the QA team.
Lisandro, in name of the Qt/KDE team
Lisandro Damián Nicanor Pérez Meyer