"Cornelius's grand plan" - Merging KDElibs into Qt

Mark Kretschmann kretschmann at kde.org
Tue Nov 2 10:24:30 GMT 2010

On Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 10:50 AM, Chani <chanika at gmail.com> wrote:
> On November 1, 2010 09:39:56 Michael Jansen wrote:
>> > it could work out great, it could be a disaster, it could be a lot of
>> > work for a little gain ... we just can't tell right now because it's
>> > nothing more than a vague idea.
>> >
>> > you really can't plan the future of core assets like that.
>> But preparing our our assets in a way that would make identifiying and
>> merging stuff into qt easy would benefit our visibility even if the
>> merging never happens.
> +1 - this has been a great brainstorming exercise. :)
> there are certainly obstacles to the "merger" idea, and a fair chance of it
> turning out to be infeasible or unwanted (while I hope the open governance
> thing keeps improving, I'm not going to put blind faith in it) but it got us
> thinking, didn't it? :)
> modularizing and promoting kdelibs looks like something we can all agree
> should be done. separating it into generally-useful features vs. workspace
> integration features, allowing people to use just some of it, *telling* them
> what we have and how easy it is to use it and why it'll make their application
> shoot magical rainbow lasers ;)
> ...so now I suppose it's time to start doing it. Not the actual modularization
> right away, of course, but planning what can be done and documenting what we
> have and advertising to people outside kde that yes, we have these features
> and they're great and you want to use them even if it does mean linking to
> some other stuff right now. :)

One thing I would like to add: The migration to Git will make such
undertakings much, much easier for us.

Trying to reorganize KDElibs with SVN would be a nightmare. With Git,
it might actually not be as much work as expected, if done right.

Mark Kretschmann
Amarok Developer, Software Engineer at KO GmbH
Fellow of the Free Software Foundation Europe
http://amarok.kde.org - http://www.fsfe.org - http://www.kogmbh.com

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