KDE 3.2 release cycle

Don Sanders sanders at kde.org
Tue May 13 06:08:57 BST 2003

Is the Kontact release on kontact.org missing anything you wanted to 
see in a stable off schedule release of kdepim?


On Monday 12 May 2003 11:36, Mosfet wrote:
> ...snip...
> Well, as always the people actually doing the coding know best. My
> comments are based on the fact that I haven't had a crash since
> upgrading to CVS HEAD and people seem to really like when there is
> development preview releases. These generate a lot of buzz even if
> they are clearly marked as just a development snapshot. Unlike
> weekly updates they get long, impressive changelogs and cool
> screenshots ;-) I believe it would be a good thing if we
> occasionally grabbed a snapshot, listed what has changed, did some
> screenshots, and released development previews. They don't have to
> be as stable or complete as KDE's regular releases. It's just a
> developer snapshot to show off what has been done so far. Contrary
> to what actually has been going on in CVS people are already saying
> KDE is falling behind in development speed because they don't see
> all the changes that have happened, (ie: some non-KDE people on the
> dot, people on osnews where knowing what your talking about isn't a
> requirement, etc... ;-). This happens all the time when we're early
> in the development cycle: people say KDE is falling behind and then
> crap their pants when there is finally a release ;-) Doing
> developer snapshots would help keep people up to date.
> Nonetheless, I usually just use KMail w/SMTP and POP3, Konq, and
> Konsole so of course there are lots of issues the developers know
> that I don't. From my perspective it seems pretty stable, tho, and
> has a lot of new features I think people will drool over. Just the
> fact that as I type this mail inline spellchecking has marked my
> errors is pretty darn cool >:) The apps I mainly use, KMail and
> Konq, have already had significant improvements.
> I know people want to do things like merge KWallet and Kopote,
> etc... but even as CVS stands now I think there could be a
> development preview. There is going to be so much new stuff in
> KDE3.2 it's not really a point release - it's more like a major
> upgrade that your just calling KDE3.2 because you want to wait for
> Qt4 before releasing a KDE4.
> Anyways, of course this is just my opinion, but I think it's
> something that should be seriously considered. I know KDE
> developers as a whole don't really concern themselves about things
> like "buzz", but I think we can already generate quite a bit with
> what has already been implemented.

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