KDE 3.3 Release Plan is up

Michael Brade brade at kde.org
Sat May 8 19:07:41 BST 2004

On Saturday 08 May 2004 17:30, Ingo Klöcker wrote:

> I'm very much in favor of separate KDE PIM 3.x releases for the rest of
> KDE 3. Especially this means that KDE 3.3 will not contain KDE PIM, but
> since KDE PIM 3.3 will have been released shortly before, it won't make
> a difference for people who are waiting for KDE 3.3. OTOH people who
> only want to upgrade KDE PIM won't have to wait for the KDE 3.3
> release.
> BTW, I envision the same modus operandi for KDE 4. All KDE PIM 4.x
> releases should be kept compatible with KDE 4.0. This would make KDE
> PIM a reasonable choice for companies because they could use KDE 4.0.x
> for 2+ years and still have the possibility to upgrade KDE PIM.
> FWIW, from several talks with the other KDE PIM developers I got the
> impression that many of them share my visions. I hope they will confirm
> this.
No, not me. I sort of agree with the first paragraph, but not with keeping PIM 
4.x compatible with KDE 4.0 for the rest of KDE 4's lifetime. Reasons:
 - KDE 4.0 will be the first new major release. Bugs will be there in any
   case and some will only be fixable by introducing new functions (sometimes
   maybe because of BC, sometimes because of important missing features).
 - a dependency on KDE 4.0 means a dependency on Qt 4.0. We won't be able
   to use bugfixes/features in all subsequent Qt 4 versions.
 - only for KDE 5 we will be able to bring KDE PIM back to state of the
   art in KDE 4 (!) technology, and God knows when it will be necessary to
   break BC again after KDE 4.
I have already had the pleasure of being unable to fix things missing in 
kdelibs because of our dependency on KDE 3.2. It would also mean that KDE PIM 
4 would stagnate in certain areas (though this might not be the worst of the 

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