[kde-community] RFC: Distribution outreach program

Aleix Pol aleixpol at kde.org
Sat Jan 30 18:09:16 UTC 2016

On Sat, Jan 30, 2016 at 5:03 PM, Luca Beltrame <lbeltrame at kde.org> wrote:
> Il Sat, 30 Jan 2016 14:39:11 +0100, Thomas Pfeiffer ha scritto:
>> The intention is not to blame any distribution for anything. The goal is
>> to give users a way to identify distributions which fulfill the
>> requirements for our software to run optimally.
> I understood that, but my fear is that the message will be misinterpreted,
> although I do not assume bad faith on any part.
>> can't expect KDE software to work perfectly on that distribution, and
>> they should not blame us for it.
> It happens also the other way: there's quite a number of bugs filed at the
> distributions' trackers that are upstream problem. Again, this is not an
> accusation or "you too!" mention, just to say that this problem is IMO,
> inevitable, and at best it can be minimized (that's why I think the
> outreach idea is important).
>> There should be a communication channel for distributions to notify us
>> "Hey, we know we currently don't meet the dependency requirements
> The other problem is that distro people are for the major part all
> volounteers, so I guess that between packaging and writing mails, they
> prefer packaging. ;) But I guess the kde-distro-packagers ML could be used
> for this, somehow?
>> (unless it's about a critical security vulnerability, but distributions
>> have special processes to get those fixed asap anyway, don't they?)
> Yes, they do. Sometimes a prompt release is not warranted to watch out for
> regressions, and distros may hop to .x versions (and that is why, I think,
> Plasma people adopted a staggered minor release model).
>> Would a "Runs KDE software optimally" kind of badge not be perceived as
>> an endorsement?
> Personally not, but I'd like other people from distributions to chime in.

How about coming up with a set of scripts that give score to an installation?

This way we can say "OpenSuse scored X points/K stars in our
compatibility test" and yet we have some metrics to help improve


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