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

Mark markg85 at gmail.com
Sun Oct 31 12:20:32 GMT 2010

On Sun, Oct 31, 2010 at 12:33 PM, Mark Kretschmann <kretschmann at kde.org>wrote:

> Hey all,
> after reading the whole thread that started with Chani's mail ("why
> kdelibs?"), I think the noise level has become a bit too much there.
> Cornelius had proposed this rather daring idea:
> http://lists.kde.org/?l=kde-core-devel&m=128842761708404&w=2
> It's a very controversial idea. However, I think it is so refreshing
> that it deserves some more thought. Personally, I think the idea is
> great, if we can overcome some of the obvious road blocks. I would
> love to read some honest and direct thoughts from you guys.
> What do you think about it?
> --
> 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

Oh wow, some seriously big things are going on here. Anyway, i don't see all
KDE's parts be "merge-able" in Qt the way they are now.  Lets take for
example the status bar.. The one Dolphin and Konqueror use is quite a bit
different from QStatusBar thus either QStatusBar has to be changed
or Dolphin and Konqueror have to change.

But i wonder if "merging" is the way to go.. since Qt itself wants to be
more modular : http://labs.qt.nokia.com/2010/10/26/qt-is-going-modular/ it
might be a good idea to consider splitting kdelibs into Qt modules to get
closer with Qt.. some example modules would then be:
Kio - KDE IO handling
KUi - KDE UI widgets
K... - ...

It might be needed that KUi parts that are fairly close to their Qt
counterparts get merged in QtGui and others that are just to different stay
in a separate module (KUi).

And if it are all Qt modules then the move from module to Qt core
(where appropriate) seems relatively easy.
Besides i think the step from the current kdelibs to Qt modules is a lot
easier then going for a merge.

Just my thoughts.. I certainly keep an eye on this thread ^_^
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