[Kde-scm-interest] Package splitting

Troy Unrau troy.unrau at gmail.com
Tue Jan 26 01:39:36 CET 2010

Hi guys,

I'm not really involved, nor do I particularly care what SCM KDE is
using - that's not the reason I'm here. I do however hope that we can
kill two birds with one stone, and that's the package splitting
monster. If it's reasonable to accomplish at the same time as the git
transition, it'd be nice to be able to split out the kde applications
into separate packages. My motivation for such is two-fold:

1) We have a mess right now with each distro splitting KDE in a
more-or-less unique way, except slackware. This makes it hard to
recommend packages to users when doing tech support.
2) From a marketing perspective, we'd like to start marketing the
various KDE applications independently, which requires that they are
easier to obtain as stand-alone apps. In other words, we'd like to be
able to offer a download of Okular by itself, for instance, since
Okular is good enough to sell itself.

I realize that this tips into the release management stuff somewhat as
well, but hopefully most of them are on this list. Secondly, I know
that it would create a lot of additional work during the transition,
but I'd make an argument that it's better to have a major break to
workflow once (git+splitting) versus twice (once for git, once later
for splitting).

Feedback requested. Thiago told me that ossi has already brought this
up somewhere, but I haven't grepped through the archives yet.


Troy Unrau, B.Sc.G.Sc.(Hons.)
Planetary sciences M.Sc. candidate - University of Western Ontario

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