KDE applications December 2014 release

Frank Reininghaus frank78ac at googlemail.com
Wed Aug 13 16:50:57 BST 2014

Hello everyone,

after KDE SC 4.14, the next release of the KDE applications that are
part of the KDE SC is planned for December. It will contain not only
applications that are still based on Qt4+kdelibs 4.x, but also
applications that have the first stable release of their Qt5+KF5 ports
[1]. All application developers/maintainers can decide if they want to
release another Qt4+kdelibs 4.x-based version, or if they want to
release their first Qt5+KF5-based version.

I think it would be helpful if there was a central site where
information about the choices that developers have taken so far is
collected, i.e., a place where everyone can look up quickly if
application XYZ will have a Qt4-based or a Qt5-based release, or if it
is still in the "not decided yet" state. One of the reasons why I
consider such a thing useful is that quite a few applications have
runtime dependencies that are provided other applications. For

* Many applications have an embedded terminal, which is provided by
the Konsole KPart. If Konsole does not release a Qt5-based version in
December, then any application which does will not have an embedded
terminal any more.

* All of Konqueror's functionality is provided by KParts that are
provided by libraries and applications and that are loaded at runtime.
If some of these KParts will not have a Qt5-based release, then the
functionality of a Qt5-based Konqueror would be severely limited.

There are probably many more (and less obvious) examples of such
run-time dependencies. Moreover, an overview of the release plans of
the applications that are part of the KDE SC might also be useful for
other reasons.

If you are a maintainer/core developer of such an application, I would
appreciate it if you could put it into the appropriate section of


and add any further interesting information that you might have.

For an earlier discussion about this issue, see [2].

Thanks and best regards,

[1] See, e.g., http://mail.kde.org/pipermail/release-team/2014-July/007932.html

[2] http://lists.kde.org/?t=140594216200002&r=1&w=2

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