Krusader in KDE's SVN

Sebastian Kügler sebas at
Tue Nov 25 15:19:20 CET 2008


Let me try to shine some light on some of the questions raised in the "should 
krusader move into KDE's SVN?" discussion. Please reply to both lists, 
krusader-devel at and release-team at

From the thread held on the krusader list, I'm sensing the misconceptions that 
being developed in KDE's SVN, it means you have to comply with KDE's release 
schedule. Not true, you can in fact decide that yourself. (Trade-off is 
basically between doing release management yourself and being free to decide 
when to release vs. having the KDE release team do it for you, but you have to 
respect the overall KDE release schedule then). That's your choice, however. 

* rules
That depends largely on how you'd like to release. If you want krusader to be 
part of KDE releases (be it by means of extragear or some other module), 
you'll have to respect feature and string freezes. This kind of comes with the 
release management and translation the KDE team then does for you. I'm not 
aware of any other hard rules, but the policies page on techbase gives more 
info: (Note: not all applies to an app like 

* control
You remain in control. If you choose to have Krusader released with regular 
KDE releases, rules for that apply. Basically, you can decide how you want to 
have your release cycle, commit policies etc. Sometimes, people will commit 
into your code, in almost all cases, those are trivial fixes then. If 
something that might raise objections go in, the committer should (as usual in 
KDE) contact the developers before committing. Everybody with a KDE SVN 
account has commit rights though. Basically, you can have Krusader in KDE's 
SVN and be as independent as you want.

* advantages:
- less infrastructure maintainance
- more likely participation of developers that have a KDE SVN account already
- code review, a lot of people follow commits and review patches (no promise, 
  it's just more likely due to increased visibility)
- can be released alongside KDE (whereever it ends up, even extragear)
- integration of SVN with bugtracker (Krusader is already using, 
- translation done be KDE translation teams (manpower, consistency across 
- shows stronger KDE ties, taking a bit more advantage of KDE's brand

* disadvantages
- possibly losing history 
- migration effort

I for one would be happy to welcome the Krusader team in KDE's SVN. If there 
are any questions left I would be happy to answer (as I'm sure that applies to 
others as well).

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