[digiKam-users] KDE vs appimage

NeiNei neinei at gmx.net
Fri Sep 7 07:37:45 BST 2018

Hi there,
I second Andrey and Gilles.
First of all I also look forward on a "Open with ..." functionalty in 
Windows and MacOSX since a long time. I also plagued Gilles with it but 
I see that I will take ressources for platform-specific changes.

Towards the appimage discussion.
For a productive use, it feels like a stranger on my desktop 
environments, especially when you compare it with Digikam working in the 
KDE desktop. So I use an appimage for testing some new features or fixes 
in Digikam. For this purpose the appimage feels right for me. For 
productive work I choose Manjaro KDE because there new DigiKam version 
are quickly available in the software updates (package manager).


On 06.09.2018 17:56, Gilles Caulier wrote:
> I miss a feature that do not work in AppImage for the moment : Open With...
> In fact this option is not available in all bundles. In MacOS and 
> Windows, specific plate-form codes need to be written for that or, when 
> Qt will provide a real good desktop integration API, it will be easy to do.
> Gilles Caulier
> 2018-09-05 23:36 GMT+02:00 Gilles Caulier <caulier.gilles at gmail.com 
> <mailto:caulier.gilles at gmail.com>>:
>     Hi,
>     The AppImage do not have all features, mostly based on KIO
>     framework, because this cannot be bundled.
>     This include the KDE Plasma desktop integration.
>     But AppImage is well tuned. All shared libraries used in the bundle
>     are up to date, and optimized. For ex, Exiv2 video support is
>     disabled, and OpenCV3 is compiled with the minimum required for digiKam.
>     AppImage can be run in debugger to get a backtrace and permit to
>     investiguate.
>     AppImage include also Showfoto. There is an option in CLI.
>     AppImage is always available with last digiKam code from git. This
>     require one hour to compile the file and to upload on server. This
>     is perfect to check new features or to valid a fix.
>     AppImage is certainly not perfect, but it's rock to have a digiKam
>     up to date very quickly. It's maintained by us, so we control all
>     the process. It's optimum.
>     VoilĂ 
>     Gilles Caulier
>     2018-09-05 23:08 GMT+02:00 <digikam at 911networks.com
>     <mailto:digikam at 911networks.com>>:
>         dk 5.9.0 appimage.
>         I'm using Manjaro/xfce and I'm looking at doing some hardware
>         updates
>         and reinstalling Manjaro. I could install KDE instead of XFCE.
>         What's the difference between the digikam KDE version and the
>         appimage?
>         * more functionality?
>         * more speed?
>         -- 
>         sknahT
>         vyS

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