[kde-community] Differences between proposed vision drafts (or "inclusive" vs "focused")

Alexander Dymo alex at alexdymo.com
Thu Feb 4 17:47:38 UTC 2016


And here is where I, perhaps surprisingly to you, agree with you.
Like, 100% agree.

I wrote "Plasma and applications", but should have written
"applications and Plasma". It's the KDE apps that shine these days.
Krita, Digikam, Kdenlive, K3B, Kate, Okular, and many and many others.

In my opinion KDE as a whole will also shine if it brings our amazing
software to as many platforms as we can. And many people in the
community already do this work.

The "focused" vision is about lifting the importance of this movement
towards other platforms and devices, and actually focusing on it. It
is, IMHO of course, not about going back to "let's just work on Linux
desktop". I wouldn't call that a "vision", that would be
"conservation".


On Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 9:26 AM, Martin Graesslin <mgraesslin at kde.org> wrote:
> On Thursday, February 4, 2016 8:53:57 AM CET Alexander Dymo wrote:
>> Let's take one of your examples: some imaginary sensory tech that
>> follows your mind. It's going to be a competitive advantage to both
>> Plasma and applications, for sure. Can it be a KDE project? Yes,
>> because it clearly brings KDE closer to its goal. And actually, both
>> visions/missions would support inclusion of such a tech into KDE.
>
> Now that you make it more clear that the focus of a technology would be
> whether it helps for example Plasma I need to chime in.
>
> As a maintainer of Plasma and as the maintainer of the largest single piece of
> software inside Plasma I want to say that I'm against a focus on Plasma. I do
> not want to see KDE decide for projects whether they give a "competitive
> advantage" to Plasma. I thought we had left this years behind us. Although my
> work is focused on Linux I'm happy for the Windows and OSX and Android efforts
> and want KDE to be strong in these areas. I'm afraid that any focus on Plasma
> will harm KDE and thus also Plasma.
>
> Furthermore I must observe that the KDE community as large does not care about
> Plasma and a focus on Plasma. Please have a look on how many devs contribute
> to e.g. KWin and the Wayland effort. It's what will take the desktop to the
> next level, but hardly anybody works on it. So from my perspective: a focus on
> the desktop is in all way wrong for KDE. That's not KDE.
>
> Cheers
> Martin
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