[kde-community] Request to join KDE Incubator for KScreenGenie

Boudhayan Gupta me at baloneygeek.com
Fri Apr 17 07:59:09 UTC 2015

On 17 April 2015 at 13:08, Laszlo Papp <lpapp at kde.org> wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 8:21 AM, Boudhayan Gupta <me at baloneygeek.com> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> Over the past few weeks, I have been writing a new screenshot
>> application for KDE. I'm calling it KScreenGenie, and the code is
>> currently online at https://github.com/BaloneyGeek/KScreenGenie.
>> I initially started out by trying to help out in porting KSnapshot to
>> KF5, but it struck me that there was a lot of duplication in the code,
>> major changes in the design would be required to support Wayland, and
>> that there was support for a whole bunch of strange image grabbers,
>> including one which allows one to capture a single widget in the
>> application (which doesn't even work properly in KF5/Qt5). In all (at
>> least for me), it seemed easier to write something new from scratch
>> and copy over some of the code from KSnapshot.
>> So I've gone ahead and done this, and I'd like to request the KDE
>> community to weigh in and see if this can some day replace KSnapshot.
>> Some of the technical changes are listed below:
>> * QtQuick/QML based UI
>> * Native backend for image capture (doesn't use the Qt pixmap capture
>> APIs). Allows for greater control with multimonitor setups. Currently
>> only an X11 backend exists, written using only XCB and using KScreen
>> for monitor layout information. Writing a backend isn't difficult (one
>> of my goals was to make writing a Wayland backend very easy once an
>> API becomes available).
>> * More stuff in the README file in the repo (I know calling it a KDE
>> app and the eventual replacement for KSnapshot right now - on GitHub -
>> is a bit early and possibly pretentious, sorry, but since I wrote it
>> with the express purpose of replacing KSnapshot, I thought I'd save me
>> an extra step by not giving it a temp name / KAboutData code).
>> I've been active on the IRC channels while I was coding this (I'm
>> BaloneyGeek, hi!), and I'd like to thank Martin Graesslin who has been
>> a big help through the coding process, and has guided me on what to do
>> on more than one occasion. Having "officially" been part of the
>> community for only two months, I'd also like to thank Valorie
>> Zimmerman for showing me the way, so as to speak, by showing me how
>> things are done around here, and pointing me to the Incubator.
>> -- Boudhayan Gupta
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> Looks good to me.
> IMHO, it was already a mistake not to start it as a KDE project from
> day one with a scratch repository. This looks like a clear KDE case to
> me, so this Incubator process looks a bit superfluous should you have
> chosen the KDE infrastructure from the beginning.
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I'm working on GitHub for two reasons - one, I'm still not clear on
how to set up a scratch repo on KDE, and it was faster for me to just
push to GitHub than Google around, and two - this is the big one - my
college blocks ssh access so I can't push to KDE Git all the time,
only when I go out to an area with good cell reception and connect
with 3G. GitHub lets me push over HTTPS.

-- Boudhayan Gupta

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