Digia, the company that acquired Qt from Nokia, has now joined KDE e.V as a patron. Digia looks after Qt development and it’s licencing to other companies. The company also looks after the Qt Project under open governance and KDE software is based on the Qt framework.
Lydia Pintscher, Vice President of KDE e.V., “We are very happy that Digia is becoming a Patron of KDE e.V. and showing their support for one of the largest projects in the Qt ecosystem. This is a sign of commitment for an open and free future of Qt. We are looking forward to more future collaboration both in contributions to the Qt code base itself as well as the Qt Project in organizational matters.”
Commenting on this move Lars Knoll, Digia Qt CTO and Qt Project Chief Maintainer said, “The KDE Community plays a key part in growing the Qt ecosystem for all types of developers and use cases. We are pleased to be a Patron of KDE e.V. and to continue our work together to foster the further spread of the Qt technology.”
Digia’s becoming a KDE patron would help the KDE community as it will help the project in paying the cost of running such a huge project.
Kenny Duffus explains on a KDE blog, “These funds keep KDE servers running, cover meeting expenses, provide resources for volunteer contributors to organize and attend conferences and trade shows, and protect KDE legal interests—all managed by KDE e.V. in support of the KDE Community.”