[kde-solaris] Status

Adriaan de Groot groot at kde.org
Tue Dec 15 13:17:42 CET 2009

On Thursday 10 December 2009 21:59:11 Pickering, Roger (NIH/NIAAA) [E] wrote:
> The last post I've seen on your site is from Jan. 2008 - almost two years
>  ago.  Has there been any progress since then?  What do you have for
>  Soaris?

One more followup to give an idea of where we are: the KDE SC 4.4.0 beta 1 
packages are being finished up. That means you can build them from source using 
Sun Studio 12. OSOL and nv124+ are supported, and Ben is working on getting 
the whole stack to build on Solaris10 again as well (it was neglected for a 

Belenix - OpenSolaris based - has KDE 4.3 in a pretty good shape, based on 

Stability and performance are real issues for KDE 4.4 right now; performance 
might pick up with non-debug bulds, but I believe we're hitting some kind of 
fundamental (e.g. mutex) issues lower down in the stack that might take 
serious engineering to iron out. However, we don't really have the manpower or 
technical know-how to do that -- the three or four people actively working / 
volunteering on keeping the specs up to date so that they will build KDE at 
all aren't the kind of systems whizzes who can do that.

Also, just plain user testing with careful bug reports is lacking, so if you 
can do *that*, it would help as well.


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