[PyQt] newbie questions...

Phil Thompson phil at riverbankcomputing.com
Thu Aug 14 21:59:33 BST 2008

On Tue, 12 Aug 2008 20:31:37 +0100, Chris Withers <chris at simplistix.co.uk>
> Phil Thompson wrote:
>>> That seems weird to put it politely. I would have thought they both had
>>> the same interfaces?
>> It's not a technical limitation. It is to prevent people developing a
>> commercial product with the GPL version and then switching to the
>> commercial version at the last minute. The PyQt commercial license has
> the
>> same restriction. In reality we would be open to discussion (usually
>> involving backdating the purchase of the commercial licenses).
> Heh, I'd *love* to see this one come to court ;-)
> Seriously, I'm all for licensing that sees companies rewarded for their 
> hard work, but I'd be seriously interested in how this would be argued 
> in court...
> Thankfully all the stuff I'm developing is open source, so I don't have 
> that problem :-)
>>> Anyway, some questions:
>>> - where do I get the Qt Designer from?
>> It's part of Qt.
> Is this Qt for Java or Qt for C++? Which one do I install?

Certainly Qt for C++, probably both.

>>> - how come PyQt4 isn't on PyPI? (Nowadays I'm used to just specifying 
>>> packages as egg requirements in a buildout.cfg 
>>> (http://buildout.zope.org/) but I guess I can't do that with PyQt4?)
>> PyPI is a PIA to use when you are not using eggs.
> Okay, let me rephrase: how come PyQt4 isn't available as an egg?
> (for the record, I hate eggs, but the python community has adopted them, 
> so I'm just attempting to put up and shut up. zc.buildout does offer 
> some analgesic for the agony)

It's never seemed important. I'm also not sure that distutils is up to the
job of building PyQt.

> cheers,
> Chris
> PS: You going to be at PyConUK?



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