Proposal to plan for "Milestone Releases" on the way to KDE4
boud at valdyas.org
Tue Jan 24 21:35:53 GMT 2006
Good stuff and well thought-out... Especially the recognition that app
developers are not lib developers, which makes all the difference.
But since I have already entered the public discussion, I'm going to going to
reiterate my two cents here.
* While it's certainly still possible to do cool stuff with Qt 3, that's no
argument. It's still possible to do cool stuff with Motif, too. For some
problems Qt3 doesn't cut it, and I happen to be very interested in some of
* KDE-the-Desktop and KDE-the-development framework are two different beasts.
A Qt4-based development framework can be very useful withouth Plasma and all
the other wonderful kennings we've been coining for the past year.
* A quick release of the development framework followed by a later release of
the desktop would fit my personal agenda very well. If there are one or two
releases of KDE application sets for 3.5 in between, fine. But KOffice isn't
going to be among them, as far as I have any say in the matter.
My ideal roadmap (excluding application and desktop environment releases)
* usable kdelibs4 by mid-March. KOffice porting starts. We'll do the text
layout thing and fix embedding.
* I don't care about having to do some keeping-up during the KOffice porting
* September/October: kdelibs4 is sufficiently stable that it is possible to
release a beta of KOffice that depends on it. This beta will run just fine in
a KDE 3.5 desktop, perhaps with some limitations like no dcop or so.
* November/December KOffice 2.0 is released, based on kdelibs4 and available
on X11, Windows and OS X.
However: I'm horribly afraid of a late release of KDE-the-desktop, though.
It's going to cost us whatever mind and marketshare we have left if
KDE4-the-desktop will take two years, even if we do a kde-apps-are-cool
release. This year is going to be really interesting.
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