KDE Now Maintaining Their Own Set of Patches For Qt 5

Written by Michael Larabel in KDE on 6 April 2021 at 06:07 AM EDT. 143 Comments
The KDE project and the open-source Linux community has been in a sticky situation with The Qt Company having moved Qt 5.15 LTS to its commercial-only phase while most free software hasn't even been ported yet to Qt 6 let alone a number of modules and other features still missing from the Qt 6 tool-kit. So until the KDE project has fully transitioned to using the Qt 6 tool-kit, the project has taken up maintaining their own collection of Qt 5.15 patches.

KDE today announced their Qt 5 Patch Collection as the patch-set they will be maintaining to provide security fixes, crash fixes, and other functional defects atop the Qt5 code-base, in particular Qt 5.15 LTS. This isn't being described as a fork but rather just a set of patches that can be applied atop the open-source Qt 5 tool-kit until KDE has managed to move to Qt 6.

There was a brief announcement today of the KDE Qt 5 Patch Collection. The Qt 5 Patch Collection is being organized on their Wiki. KDE is maintaining a Git repository with their patches against the Qt5 base.
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