[messages] [Developers] Roadmap for VASSAL 4

Michael Kiefte mkiefte at dal.ca
Tue Mar 22 06:30:04 MST 2011

I'm not worried about the licensing as much as the developer base.  There
are many LPGL libraries out there but it would be a bad idea to invest a lot
of time focusing on a library set that is going to die a slow horrible
death.  I've been through that before.

Again, Qt is a great library -- I quite like it.  But I'm deeply suspicious
of where it's headed.  You did mention KDE though, and I had forgotten about
that relationship -- I use Gnome myself, but KDE is also a fine desktop.
The fact that KDE is deeply wedded to Qt does actually make me more
comfortable.  But the KDE people probably couldn't care less about the
Windows or MacOSX port which would have to be maintained equally well to be
viable for us (e.g., see what's happening to MacOSX and Java).

And I'm also entirely comfortable with Lisp: obscure code peppered with
toenail clippings. Haven't touched it in 15 years though.  Maybe if we did
Lisp, I could experiment with some AI (I did a course in AI where the
language in use was Lisp).  ---- (And no, I'm not really advocating Lisp;
that would be a horrible idea).

- M.

On 22 March 2011 10:14, Jeffrey Brent McBeth <mcbeth at broggs.org> wrote:

> On Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 09:58:09AM -0300, Michael Kiefte wrote:
> > I am entirely suspicious of Qt.  Qt has been in a license quagmire from
> day
> > one.  I agree it's a fine toolkit, but do you even know who owns Qt right
> > now?  Even if you do, the answer might change shortly (the answer is
> Nokia
> > who, last I heard, will likely be laying off all of their Qt people in
> > favour of Windows--soon they will be back to only selling tyres and
> rubber
> > boots).
> Qt is available under a commercial license, LGPL 2.1, and GPL 3.0.  If
> Nokia ever pisses the KDE people off enough, the KDE folks even have the
> right to unilaterally release Qt under a BSD license.  I'm not sure how
> much more secure you can get than that.
> There are lots of things to be grumpy at the Trolltech people for, but
> licensing flexibility has not been one of their weaknesses for a very
> very long time.
> And hey, there are Lisp bindings for all of us closet grey-bearded
> parenthesis lovers :)
> Jeff
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