Commercial Free Software projects and KDE

Bernhard Reiter bernhard at
Thu Jul 31 10:10:44 BST 2003

On Wednesday 30 July 2003 22:37, Christoph Cullmann wrote:
> On Wednesday 30 July 2003 19:32, Bernhard Reiter wrote:
> > > No, there's two things: production environment and development
> > > codebase. Like others already said, HEAD != stable.
> >
> > As mentioned in another subthread, I don't buy into that simplicity.
> > Especially regarding stability in HEAD as base for application
> > development.
> Should external application developers not work with the "stable" versions
> of kde/qt for their developement, which means atm kde 3.1.x and qt 3.1.x ?

Of course they should. 
However if could be easier for them to also help to upcoming new versions
of the KDE applications doing so. 

Additionally I believe that my comments to stability 
also effect the KDE application development itself,
so I don't regard it a question only interesting for external application

> Why is it interesting for external applications devs to work with head as
> long as we provide that head (for the .x releases) is bc to the old stuff ?
> (in the normal software development world you develop for existing
> platforms, too, and not for the internal development snapshots of the os
> companies (which would be HEAD for kde, as we haven't had any public beta
> test phase until now), or ?)

Time to market, would be the simple end of the answer.
Some people want KDE to benefit from their efforts.
Any responsible "external" group will want to keep the basis
for their success viable and improving.
Which would lead to the interesting question 
if that makes them internal or not.

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