Qt 5.4 and QtWebEngine

Lisandro Damián Nicanor Pérez Meyer perezmeyer at gmail.com
Fri Oct 10 03:19:51 UTC 2014

As you might know, Digia plans to ship QtWebEngine as a kind of replacement 
for QtWebkit on 5.4.

I have just had a chat with one of Fedora's maintainers and discussed some of 
the "key" points on QtWebEngine. Note that I only checked some of the 
following, feel free to pin point whatever you fell/like.

- It uses V8 (the same we got rid some months ago from qtdeclarative) which 
doesn't builds on all archs.

- It bundles ffmpeg and it seems not easy to use an external (system) one. In 
case we still have it in the archive for Jessie+1.

- Bundles even more stuff that webkit

- It's not a drop-in replacement for QtWebkit

- It will mean another copy of the code in the archive, apart from Chromium 

- QNetworkAccess support is gone (no KIO nor Qt's http code)

So my *personal* plan for Jessie+1 is this: not loose a single second on 

Of course I won't stop anyone in trying to ship it. But if no one steps up to 
maintain it I will not hesitate in simply ignoring it as much as possible, 
even at the point of not shipping stuff that depends on it.

Cheers, Lisandro.

Lisandro Damián Nicanor Pérez Meyer
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