KDE4 under MacOsX and Windows
Aaron J. Seigo
aseigo at kde.org
Fri Nov 10 20:20:29 GMT 2006
On Friday 10 November 2006 11:38, Dominik Haumann wrote:
> add a link to how to build kdelibs on windows (e.g. www.kdelibs.com), maybe
> there are some people who try it out immediately and become contributors.
yes. this is something i've started discussing somewhat with Jaroslaw who had
the foresight to start kdelibs.com in the first place.
> I agree with what you write. To bring all of that under one hat is maybe
> not that easy, as the focus seems to shift to platform independence and
> free software in general :) If done right, this is a nice story =)
shifts ... or grows? to me the focus is *growing* to include more operating
system choices, just as our focus grew to include an office suite in kde2 or
third party apps in kde3 with KEG or .... the core of kde has always been
free software and community for the desktop, and that's not changing. we're
adding to our repertoire every single year we continue and this is apparently
one of the next steps in that growth.
the change here is that we're shifting emphasis from the workspace and
essentially saying "KDE is not a desktop. KDE creates, ships, supports and is
damn proud of its desktop offering and recommends it above all others, but
the KDE workspace is but one (very significant) product among many that come
out of our community."
this positions the trademark "KDE" name as a Free Software consumer computing
brand with the workspace (e.g. Plasma) a 'premium brand' within that, along
with our KOffice, Edu, Konqueror, Community, etc ... brands. this allows
it to be much more expansive and inclusive of everyone's efforts. when i read
stuff like this:
"Tripod is targeted towards a KDE environment, but requires only kdelibs and
libgpod (cvs), so it is easy to use in any environment."
another little piece of me dies inside (fortunately it's stuff like toenails
and hair which grow back ;) because it shouldn't need to be said.
this approach solves a host of problems such as the ambiguity of the
sentence: "This is a KDE program." (as seen abovfe) i've been working on this
issue for a while now, the marketing working group has joined me in exploring
this particular avenue (a big helping of gratitude to them and their
efforts!), and hopefully after this month's meeting in germany we'll have a
semi-coherent and mostly complete map of the whole shebang:
a Grand Unified Theory of the KDE Brand and Public Positioning.
 panels, desktop, window manager, etc...
 yes, community is a brand for us IMO: to many it is no less important than
the software we deliver. this is not to commoditize or undervalue the
community but rather to ensure that we never forget it is central to
everything we do here and one of the amazing things that gets produced as
part of the day-to-day of this great project
Aaron J. Seigo
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