[kde-community] finding a clear vision for KDE - an alternative draft for discussion
neundorf at kde.org
Wed Feb 3 21:05:20 UTC 2016
as Lydia already wrote earlier today, there have been activities in the KDE
community to come up with a vision for the KDE project for the next years, so
we can better work together to achieve our goals as a community.
Additionally to the team presented by Lydia, an additional team formed
beginning of this year and produced an alternative draft for a vision for KDE,
which we hope can guide KDE into a successful future.
The following people worked on or provided input to this draft:
Pau Garcia i Quiles
Coordinated with the team presented by Lydia we post our draft also today
here. The original is at https://community.kde.org/KDE/VisionDraftA .
So here we go:
KDE is an end-user focused, openly governed community of free software
enthusiasts that strives to provide graphical user interfaces and applications
for end-users for all types of computers across the device spectrum: desktops
PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc.
We believe that software should be free and respectful of the privacy of our
users. Our values are stated in the KDE Manifesto.
To achieve our goals we work on:
1) A complete set of cross-platform end-user applications
We want to offer a complete set of end-user applications running on all major
operating systems (Linux, OSX, Windows, Android, etc.). This way we enable
end-users to manage their "digital life" using free software no matter on
which operating system. The set of applications covers internet, office,
communication, multimedia, games and many other. They provide the familiar and
consistent KDE user experience while fully integrating into the host operating
system. This is reached by following common guidelines and using common
2) A modern desktop environment for UNIX operating systems
We provide a classical desktop environment for computers and devices running
Linux or any other UNIX-compatible operating system (as known from KDE 3 and
Plasma). It delivers a polished user experience, is easy to use and flexible.
It contains the essentials of a desktop and basic applications like a file
manager and a web browser, etc..
3) A user interface for mobile/embedded Linux systems
We want KDE to offer the most advanced "desktop" for "mobile Linux", like
tablets, smartphones or embedded systems.
4) A cross-platform Software Development Kit
We support the development of end-user desktop and applications by developing
reusable software frameworks. We build on top of the cross-platform Qt
framework and provide an extensive set of add-on libraries and components to
do the tasks above. Our libraries are cross-platform, stable, and provide
source and binary compatibility guarantees. They are licensed under Free
Software licenses which allow commercial use.
This probably doesn't fit the definition of what a "vision statement" should
be, it's too long for that, maybe it's a mixture of a vision and a mission,
but more importantly, after reading it, people (hopefully) know what KDE is
So, now that you have seen this draft and the one posted by Lydia, make up
your mind about where you would like to see KDE go in the next years for
We are happy to get comments or any other feedback on this draft, and we are
looking forward to a lively and constructive discussion about the future of
Let's make KDE rule the world of free GUI software ! :-)
Alex D, Alex N., Jaroslaw, Mirko
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