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

Vishesh Handa me at vhanda.in
Thu Apr 24 17:07:32 UTC 2014

On Thursday, April 24, 2014 12:02:38 PM Aleix Pol wrote:
> > 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
> > released.
> > - 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".
> Sincerely I don't see the point of this proposal, we're already releasing
> those core apps, and yes, they need better unit tests, and they need more
> manpower, but I don't see how creating an this "Core Apps vs Suites" is
> going to help with these issues.
> Moreover I'm sure someone will be pissed off because his app is not
> considered to be core.

I rather not use the word core.

> I think that what Mario meant here, is that we need to provide hints to the
> distributions regarding what applications should be shipped with a Plasma
> Desktop installation.


> What we currently call Plasma Desktop is not a full desktop suite because it
> lacks many applications that, arguably, are not related to Plasma but
> Plasma depends on, again like Dolphin.

I quite like this overall idea. Some points to consider -

* Considering that we're now pushing the "Plasma" brand. Perhaps we want to 
look at these apps as part of the full Plasma experience.

* From a design point of view, this can mean that the applications can work 
more closely with integrating with Plasma and working with the Plasma team on 
having a good experience (Just a suggestion, there are pros and cons)

* It leads to some more healthy competition - Say multiple video players 
existed, we want all of them under the KDE Umbrella, but we just want one 
which is part of the "Plasma experience".

* We could possibly release all of these at the same time. (key word - 

Vishesh Handa

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