From kdelibs4 to KDE frameworks... how to make KDE more cross platform...

Martin Gräßlin mgraesslin at
Tue Feb 14 18:36:09 GMT 2012

On Tuesday 14 February 2012 19:12:58 Alexander Neundorf wrote:
> On Tuesday 14 February 2012, Aaron J. Seigo wrote:
> > On Monday, February 13, 2012 17:51:23 Shaun Reich wrote:
> > > hate to chime in as well, but i think replacing the Windows shell
> > > should definitely be something that's looked at. imho it makes a lot
> > > of sense. face it, the Windows shell sucks.
> > 
> > how many windows users realistically change the shell, even though it's
> > already possible now and such shells exist?
> > 
> > this is even smaller than the # of people who really dislike the windows 7
> > shell THAT much.
> > 
> > compare with: how much effort is required to make this REALLY work well?
> Especially considering the man power we have under Windows. It's not much.
what we also should keep in mind is that our KDE Plasma Workspaces consists of 
more than just plasma-desktop. Many components which are an important part of 
the Plasma Workspace's user experience are strongly tied to X11 without any 
chance of ever getting ported to Windows (port to Wayland will make that 
hardly better). While it is possible to get plasma-desktop running on Windows 
you will never be able to get the Plasma Workspaces running on Windows. It 
will always be just a very bad rip-off of what we have on X11/Wayland.

Personally I would like to see strong investments on the application view to 
use it as a vehicle to get more users to the real system. "You love KDE 
Marble? Did you know that KDE offers more software? Check it out here 
$linktolivecdofrandomdistribution" :-)

so I agree with everything Alex wrote underneath

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