[kde-community] Proposal One: KDE (Core) Apps and Suites

Mario Fux kde-ml at unormal.org
Tue Apr 22 10:31:02 BST 2014

Reduce the amount of KDE Core Apps according to a definition and release the 
other apps in independent groups or suites like e.g. KDE Edu, KDE Games, KDE 
PIM, Amarok or the Calligra Suite.

We could decide on a group of KDE Core Apps (for the Desktop) based on a 
definition like this:
- Allows you to manage your files and documents (e.g. => Dolphin, Ark, K3b?)
- Allows you to view documents and pictures (e.g. => Okular and Gwenview)
- Allows you to watch movies and listen to music (e.g. => Dragon and Juk)
- Allows you to administrate and manage your system (e.g. => print-manager, 
ksane, systemsettings)
- Allows you to do this in an accessible way*: (e.g. => Simon, Jovie and Co)
- Allows you to write some notes and find them again (e.g. => Kate/Kwrite)

* A really nice promo argument. And as we as a community are inclusive this is 
the only thing the makes sense. Make our (core) apps accessible by default.

About the current modules [1] we have and released it's a very unbalanced 
thing. Just compare KDEAdmin or KDEToys with KDEEdu or KDEPIM. So I think a 
reduction and rearrangement is the best thing. About the release of these Core 
Apps, Edu Suite, PIM Collection and Co see one of the next proposals. These 
suites or groups could then decide on their own if they want include new apps 
like e.g. KBibTeX or Rkward in KDEEdu or Trojita in KDEPIM.

But I think these core apps (or call it differently) should be very well 
maintained, probably team maintained, have good unit and regression tests and 
good bug triage and bug handling. Reduced to the core and let it shine.

Next steps:
- Work on the definition for the KDE Core Apps (for Desktop).
- Decide on the applications that fulfill this definition.
- Define the minimum requirements these core apps need to fulfill to be 
- See what other suites or groups are logical and possible.
- Discuss and agree an development and review work for these core apps.
- Decide on a name for the "core apps".

Now please tell me your opinion in a short, constructive and polite way. 
Details can be discussed in Randa and/or at Akademy. So let's concentrate on 
the bigger ideas.

Thanks and best regards

[1] https://projects.kde.org/projects/kde

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