KDE 3.2 release cycle

Bernhard Reiter bernhard at intevation.de
Mon May 19 16:28:13 BST 2003

On Saturday 17 May 2003 10:19, Cornelius Schumacher wrote:
> On Friday 16 May 2003 18:18, Bernhard Reiter wrote:
> > On Tuesday 13 May 2003 20:54, Aaron J. Seigo wrote:
> > > the KDE PIM stuff is more important than all the other applications
> > > you mentioned put together from the standpoint of user benefit.
> > > this is not to put down those other apps, since i think they are
> > > all great and strategically important. rather, this speaks to the
> > > overwhelming importance of a solid PIM infrastructure and
> > > application set in KDE.
> >
> > I can second this as many coporate users hope
> > that KDE 3.2 will be able to natively act as a Kolab client.
> This still requires quite some work. 

Yes I know.
Still the expectations seem to be there.
I didn't raise them and this might show a bit 
of a discrepancy between KDE marketing
(no 1 desktop, ready for the workplace)
and what promise it actually can hold.

> If there are many corporate users which are interested in that feature
> it might be a good idea, if they would help with that, e.g. by
> providing developers or paying developers to do the work. 

True, but this is a chicken-egg problem.
If KDE does not get many corporate users,
chances are lower they get interested and involved.
On the other hand, if they don't get involved they
might never have anything they can use.

In my original email I also explained why
the monolithic project release structures
makes it harder for companies to engage in 
smaller contributions to stable components.

> As this
> feature isn't that interesting for non-corporate users (and
> developers), I suppose it's unlikely that it is implemented by the
> "regular" KDE development process.

I believe that it is interesting to non-corporate users, too.
PIM is a high profile desktop application. 

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