[KPhotoAlbum] KPA and Windows

Mark Eichin eichin at gmail.com
Fri Apr 27 21:54:54 BST 2007

In fact, part of why I evaluated kimdaba (kphotoalbum's old name) in
the first place was that I could just "aptitude install kimdaba" under
ubuntu, and be done...

On 4/27/07, Shawn Willden <shawn-kimdaba at willden.org> wrote:
> On Friday 27 April 2007 08:28:19 am Neil Paisnel wrote:
> > That is a shame.  Would like to use linux, have been wanting to go over to
> > it for a few years now.  but it is just not usable enough yet.
> :-)
> You do realize you're speaking to a bunch of people who use it as a desktop
> platform, and most of whom have done so for years, right?  Linux is quite
> usable and has been for a long time.  Whether or not its what you want to use
> is a separate question, of course, and you're certainly welcome to use what
> you like.
> > I have just
> > started to play around with it, with a spare machine, but to spend more
> > than a week, every day, just to get things like printer, screen, network,
> > internet, keyboard etc etc to work, is just not worth it.
> That sounds like Linux from 10 years ago.  What distro are you using?  Most
> modern distros make all of that stuff work, out of the box, with less effort
> that is required for Windows (which often requires you to install drivers
> that are "just there" in Linux).
> > And even now have
> > still not found answers to most of the problems.  It is still very geeky.
> > Windows may have faults, but at least it generally just works
> For a suitable definition of "works"  ;-)  Many of us don't use Windows
> because we *don't* think it works.
> > I want to use the machine and have my girlfriend be able to use it.  I do
> > not want to spend all my time making it and software work by trawling the
> > net, forums etc etc.  Looks like I'll have to try MAC or stick with windows
> > at least it is usable out of the box
> If you want to try a Mac, KPA also runs reasonably well on OS X.  My wife has
> an iBook and I found it pretty easy to build KPA using the Fink toolset.  I
> was not able to get all of the plugins to work, but the basic application for
> tagging and searching your photo database works quite well.
> To Baptiste's point about Qt4 making a native Windows port possible in the
> future, I personally wouldn't hold my breath.  Qt4/Win32 being GPL-licensed
> makes such things possible without using an X server, but it's been shown
> that you can run KPA on Windows now using the Cygwin tools and X server.  The
> problem with getting it running on Windows isn't a technology issue, it's a
> resource issue:  There doesn't appear to be anyone around with the skills and
> interest in packaging KPA nicely for Windows.  I'm not sure why this would
> change just because we can remove the X server from the equation.  Maybe
> there'll be a general move to port everything in KDE to Windows and KPA will
> be swept along with the flow, but I wouldn't count on it.
> In any case, I wish you luck.  If you'd like to try getting KPA running on
> Windows, you're welcome to ask specific questions, and I'm sure you'll get
> answers.  Most of us don't have a Windows machine to try this on, but we can
> understand error messages and suggest ways to address them.
> All the best,
>         Shawn.
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