[kde-community] KDE applications 4.14 LTS or 4.15?

Inge Wallin inge at lysator.liu.se
Sat Apr 26 03:28:18 UTC 2014

On Saturday, April 26, 2014 00:22:06 Aleix Pol wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 9:09 PM, Mario Fux <kde-ml at unormal.org> wrote:
> > Morning gals and guys
> > 
> > First: there are several mailing lists in the "TO:" above but please just
> > write to the kde-devel mailing list for this discussion.
> > 
> > As the release schedule for our KDE applications in the version 4.14 [1]
> > were
> > finalized at the beginning of this week it's time to discuss if 4.14
> > should
> > become a LTS release (e.g. until August 2015 like KDE Workspaces 4.11) or
> > if
> > we need (at least) another features release and thus 4.15?
> > 
> > So what do you think? And most important, what do you, the KDE apps
> > developers, think? Do you plan to develop new features with Qt4 and the
> > KDE
> > Platform 4 or do you plan to port your application to the KDE Frameworks 5
> > as
> > soon as they have a stable release (like this June ;-).
> > 
> > Best regards
> > Mario
> I would like to see applications starting to use KF5 more and more. I agree
> it can be a special case, but the 3 oldest projects I maintain (KDevelop
> which is not in SC, KAlgebra and Kamoso) are mostly ready for action.
> On the other hand, I don't see a reason for waiting more to adopt Qt5 on
> our projects.

While I agree with you, this doesn't answer the question at all.

But mostly I think that an LTS release should be about stability. This is not 
something you get immediately after you port to a new framework and a new 
toolkit at the same time.

I think we should do a 4.15 and at the same time do as much work as possible 
to port over to Qt5/KF5. But to think that the result of that effort is worthy 
of a LTS release is to fool ourselves.

And to put another datapoint into the pot: My application which is part of the 
KDE SC, Parley, is undergoing some big transitions which will not be ready for 
4.14. For that reason too I want a 4.15.

I am also working on Calligra Author, but that is not part of the KDE SC but 
Calligra which has a separate release cycle. 


> Aleix
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