Retiring and testament

Kevin Ottens ervin at
Tue Sep 9 16:41:59 BST 2014

Hello dear KDE contributors,

I'm sending this from Akademy 2014. Our KDE Frameworks BoF is now over, as 
usual we did great progress:

Also I put in place the goals for the months to come before coming:

It might require updating based on the minutes of the meeting.

Now, let's get to the subject of this email: effective immediately I will 
be stepping back from KDE Frameworks to refocus my energy elsewhere in KDE. 
Some of you probably saw this coming as I was already less active over the 
past few weeks.

I have been working on kdelibs (and now KDE Frameworks) related topics almost 
since the beginning of my involvement in KDE. I came to realize that I needed 
to do different things now. After ten years, and although I love the project, 
I just don't have enough energy to keep going on my spare time.

You will still see me around of course. I'm retiring from KDE Frameworks, not 
from KDE. I just want to focus mainly on Zanshin and some of my community work 
(french promo, manifesto, e.V.). Because of my other involvements you'll 
probably see me sending patches from time to time to KF5, just don't expect me 
to monitor closely what's going on or to drive anything anymore.

Also, I am actively discussing with Kevin Krammer to pass him the torch. I 
guess most of you know him. He will be a good replacement since he has a good 
view on the whole stack. Not to neglect the fact we both have the same first 
name so you feel right at home. :-)

I'm a bit emotional of letting that go of course, but I'm retiring from KDE 
Frameworks knowing our community brought it in a very good place. It made the 
leap to a completely new arena which opens plenty of opportunities. If we want 
to reap the fruits I'd like to see the following things happen in the next few 
 * kdepimlibs and akonadi fully transitioned to KF5 (latest in early 2015, our 
application ecosystem need it to strive in the KF5 world);
 * a clear developer story for third parties wanting to use parts of KF5 (they 
are one of the main motive for the modularization, it should be easy for them 
to use the result of our efforts);
 * a stronger take on quality, especially more tooling support on reviews and 
tests even on non-Linux systems (we're still dropping the ball often I think, 
our craft needs to be perfected);
 * a very good documentation (the apidox and book are an amazing start 
 * the closing of k-f-d in favor of k-c-d again (see kde-community for the 
 * emails from reviewboard on a list similar to kde-commits and not on regular 
mailing lists anymore (this constant noise prevents higher level thinking on 
our lists IMHO);
 * more reaching out to qt-interest (making it easy to use KF5 for third 
parties is nice... making them aware of it is even better).

Take the points above as my "testament". I believe they are essential for the 
broader success of KF5 and ultimately for the success of our community. I hope 
that in your capable hands I will see those wishes fulfilled.

Keep having fun with our collective creation! And don't hesitate to still send 
me direct emails if you're in need of an extra opinion or advice, I'll always 
have some time to answer my fellow gearheads.

Kévin Ottens,

KDAB - proud supporter of KDE,
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