[Scribus] Fw: [Scribus 0000015]: Windows Port
Mon Feb 7 19:10:55 CET 2005
Craig Ringer wrote:
> On Mon, 2005-02-07 at 17:50 +0100, Maciej Hanski wrote:
>>QT for Windows will be under GPL for Open Source projects from now
>>on. This could be of some interest for the Windows devs on the list:
>>see the last note by hskottowe in the following feature request.
>>Does this new announcement about QT4 for Windows being dual-licensed help
>>with producing a Windows port that will work without requiring users to
>>download other software (like a QT .dll)?
> I was hoping one of the dev team would address this, but I'll leap in.
> While my understanding is that Scribus could be ported to windows with
> this, it's not just a matter of recompiling because of the usual porting
> stuff, juggling dependencies, etc.
> Additionally, it's very important to realise this is for Qt4 and Qt4
> only. Scribus is *nowhere* *near* being compatible with Qt4. My personal
> understanding is that it's on the roadmap "somewhere after 1.4" but I'm
> sure one of the friendly devs can answer that properly.
> The changes between Qt3 and Qt4 are big and invasive. It's a non-trivial
> In other words, patience is probably going to be required unless you
> feel like taking a lot of work upon yourself...
And to further keep things in perspective to reiterate a previously
posted response to this issue by Plinnell:
> A true native port to Windows would require a thorough knowledge of
> Scribus code and Qt on windows, well as knowledge of Windows fonts and
> printing systems.
> Its developer constraints which prevent us spending much time on a
> port at the moment.
So at best it would seem that at best when all of the additional issues
of migrating scribus to QT4 have been addressed, then it may be that an
*opportunity* to port scribus may be a little bit more accessable, but
without the time and or developers with the knowledge or interest to
take it on, it will continue to be just that, an *opportunity* that is
just a bit more accessable once scribus has been ported to QT4 - which
in itself appears to present a significant task. *sigh* I'm just as
eager as the next person, but also have to be extremely thankful for
what we have now. Or to quote Nkosi Johnson:
"Do all you can with what you have, in the time you have, in the place
you are." Nkosi Johnson
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The South African boy is the subject of a new book by ABC newsman Jim
Wooten, who says Johnson's courage in the face of death was deeply moving.
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