KDE 3.5 (Was: [PATCH] size limits for trash)

Krzysztof Lichota krzysiek at lichota.net
Thu Aug 21 09:37:44 BST 2008


2008/8/20 Sebastian K├╝gler <sebas at kde.org>:
> On Wednesday 20 August 2008 18:07:54 Allen Winter wrote:
>>  - 3.5.10 is the very last 3.5 release
>
> I wasn't aware of that, and I don't think it's a good idea. As long as we find
> somebody who helps me doing 3.5 releases (that would be coolo), I'd not say
> "the 3.5 road ends here". That's also the wrong message to our users, a lot of
> them still rely on KDE 3.5. We don't need to do releases very often, but we
> also shouldn't close the door now already.

I fully support that. If there are people interested in working on KDE
3.5.x, why shut them off?

If we release 3.5.11 at some point later, people who currently use one
of 3.5.x releases will not lose anything - if they want, they will
stay at their release. But if they want some minor improvements/bug
fixes, they will have opportunity to do it without making a big jump
to KDE 4.

If we put hard end to releases, they will gain nothing.

I understand that while KDE 4.0 was prepared release team wanted to
focus developers attention on KDE 4. But now, when dust around KDE 4
is settling down, only people really interested in KDE 3.5.x are left,
so why prohibit them from improving it? It will result in creating
some patches spread around the Internet, private versions for
distributions and there is a small possibility of fork. Nobody will
gain anything by that.

Linux Kernel 2.4.x is still released although 2.6.x has been mature
for many years, because there are people interested in it. Why not do
the same with KDE?

To sum up: if we decide to do further 3.5.x releases, there might be
some added value in it as development will be centralized on KDE site.
It we decide to stop 3.5.x development at all, there will be a mess
with private versions and loss in development resources.

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	Krzysztof Lichota


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