KDE and smartcard support

Alon Bar-Lev alon.barlev at gmail.com
Wed May 23 00:52:46 BST 2007

On 5/23/07, Thiago Macieira <thiago at kde.org> wrote:
> Alon Bar-Lev wrote:
> >The whole thread was started because we would like to add smartcard
> >support into KDE, and by understanding that you are about to use
> >QtSslSocket we know that this will be impossible mission. You can,
> >however, switch into QCA and problem solved.
> Just because QSslSocket doesn't support the feature *now*, it doesn't mean
> it'll never support it. As with most other Qt new technologies, it starts
> small and little by little adds more functionality.
> You're making a baseless claim in the paragraph above.

OK, I cannot argue with that.

As I wrote to George, if formally state that you provide features to
KDE user base according to Qt features, I will understand and stop
pushing anything else.

However, I don't think this is the right way to go. User requirements
and best practices should be in higher priority. People just cannot
use KDE applications because of this gap.

QCA was implemented in order to provide a major missing functionality
of Qt, and it is available now. Many KDE applications can enjoy from
its features, the most important one is konqueror, but kmail, kwallet
and kdm will also benefit from common Qt friendly cryptography

I will back off for now, since obviously, I try to add a feature that
for some seems not important enough.

Thank you for your time,
Alon Bar-Lev.

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