[kde-community] finding a clear vision for KDE - first draft for discussion

Martin Graesslin mgraesslin at kde.org
Thu Mar 24 07:15:49 UTC 2016


On Tuesday, February 9, 2016 8:40:07 AM CET David Edmundson wrote:
> I have two main questions. I'll make them as new threads.
> 
> KDE as a community currently has a clear unique selling point for new
> projects; Qt libraries, Qt expertise, and connections. A common thread that
> makes it worth being a community. We've seen this work in the past with
> existing Qt projects like gcompris, tupi coming to us for that reason.
> 
> With the unfocussed vision, it seems we lose that. My question therefore is
> is, what is our USP, and what benefit is there for any new project to join
> us?

By widening our scope we don't lose our Qt expertise. We still are the Qt 
experts. Similar we didn't lose our Linux/Unix knowledge by supporting Windows 
and OSX and we don't lose our X11 knowledge by going Wayland.

Personally I also disagree about Qt being a common thread that makes it worth 
being a community. When I joined KDE I didn't know Qt, I hardly knew C++. The 
fact that it was Qt was pretty much irrelevant for me and certainly not the 
reason why I sticked around.

> what is our USP

do we have one currently? I don't think so. But from the vision I'd say 
creating free software which puts the end user in control of their digital 
life.

> what benefit is there for any new project to join us?

Those listed in the manifesto.

Cheers
Martin
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