Exiv2 project submission to the KDE community
johannes at zarl-zierl.at
Tue Mar 2 23:32:26 GMT 2021
Dear Alex and Robin,
As maintainer of KPhotoAlbum I want to thank you for creating and maintaining
Exiv2 over the years! Exiv2 is basically the de-facto standard when it comes
to writing any kind of image handling application.
Not directly related to the topic at hand, but have you considered applying
for a grant at the core infrastructure initiative ? It seems that at least
some problems of the recent past (such as an influx of automated security bug
reports overwhelming the core development team) could be partly solved with
> The Exiv2 project is hosted at the moment on GitHub (
> https://github.com/Exiv2/exiv2). We would like to evaluate the possibility
> of onboarding the Exiv2 project into the KDE community.
In case that you did not already see it, you can read about the incubator
process here: https://community.kde.org/Incubator
I would be proud to have Exiv2 join the KDE community!
As far as I can see there are 6 core contributors that intend to remain
committed to Exiv2?
The sentence "There is no active plan for development of Exiv2 beyond 2021" in
the issue 1466 sounds rather glumly. I assume (hope?) that the sentence is
missing something like "...if no sustainable maintainership-model can be
> Last Saturday (2021-02-27) there was a meeting concerning the future of the
> Exiv2 and we tried to find a new maintainer. Regrettably because of the
> time demand imposed on the maintainer, no one volunteered. By joining the
> KDE community we hope to address this issue and keep this important project
> alive. The meeting notes can be found on the GitHub issue (
Joining the KDE project will not magically bring about a new maintainer as I
am sure you are aware. That being said, the benefits of being a KDE project
may lift some of the day-to-day burdens that a maintainer would otherwise have
to deal with on their own.
Talking about my own experience: maybe adopting some kind of group-
maintainership in the short to mid term can help with the transition. Becoming
the maintainer for a project can feel like a daunting task at first
(especially if the previous maintainer did a good job). Having such a
transition period allows a potential new maintainer to grow into the role...
Kind regards and cheers,
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