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    For anyone wondering, the latest LTS commercially is 5.15.8. The Qt Company is mandated by the agreement they have with KDE to release all the Qt versions they release as open source no later than 12 months before they released the commercial one. This is the reaction to that, Qt 5.15.3 LTS was released last year.

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      If development is happening in private branches, does this mean that there are no contributors to Qt from the wider community?

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        The KDE project contributes, but the Venn diagram of KDAB or Qt employees and KDE contributers has quite some overlap AFAIK.

        But, effectively after their LTS change, your contributions only make the CEO’s Yacht larger, no reason to do so because no-one benefits except for them.

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        I seem to remember some drama a while ago regarding the KDE agreement - whatever happened to that?

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          This release is a direct consequence of that agreement. I did a small write-up with some backstory and back links: https://raymii.org/s/blog/Qt_5.15.3_OpenSource_released.html - if I would submit it as a post the @pushcx would merge it with reason “merging hot take into main story”.

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            Wow, that makes me really want them to forget to do an open source release. A BSD-licensed Qt would be amazing.