KDE apps non Windows and mac Was: Re: Kill KIO (was: Repositioning the KDE brand)

Alexander Neundorf neundorf at kde.org
Tue Jul 14 19:34:52 BST 2009

On Tuesday 14 July 2009, Thiago Macieira wrote:
> Em Terça-feira 14 Julho 2009, às 16:19:07, Boudewijn Rempt escreveu:
> > > What could be considered wrong is if there's a nice feature that
> > > doesn't depend on anything of the "platform-y" stuff. If that's the
> > > case, then it should be moved upstream through the libraries. (Or the
> > > case of features that do depend on those things, but for silly reasons,
> > > like our locale formatting routines requiring KConfig)
> KDE libs, IMHO, should remain focussing on "the best desktop".
> And, that said, I also believe KDE applications should be "the best
> applications" and that may mean deviating from the platform where
> necessary. Therefore, I do want Krita to be the best app you can get on Mac
> and Windows. And if that brings in kded, klauncher and the D-Bus daemon, so
> be it.

I think we have a problem if even Boudewijn sees it as a problem to depend on 
KDE libraries on non-Linux.
I can/could understand this concern in KDE 2/3 days, but with KDE 4 we should 
be able to make that work smoothly, now that Qt is LGPL everywhere and our 
software is (more or less) fully portable.

How can we do that ? I don't know. I think the Windows and Mac developers need 
to help here.
Maybe provide a dead-easy to install "KDE environment" package which brings 
everything you need to run a full blown KDE application ?
Isn't that issue somewhat similar to programs installing their own copy of the 
JRE ? For them it's usually no problem.


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