KDE 4.7 Beta1 (4.6.80) tarballs uploaded (try#1)

Michael Pyne mpyne at kde.org
Sun May 22 01:28:58 CEST 2011

On Sunday, May 22, 2011 02:15:25 Modestas Vainius wrote:
> Hello,
> On sekmadienis 22 Gegužė 2011 00:29:10 Wulf C. Krueger wrote:
> > > The turn of events with KDE 4.7.x is most unfortunate. I noticed an
> > > explosion of source tarballs.
> > 
> > I strongly disagree. Splitting KDE SC up more is a step in the right
> > direction as it allows for easier control about what to install.
> Since unrelated or slightly related applications are no longer bundled in
> the same source package, each package is faster to build and links fewer
> system components together.

I am sure that the Slackware packagers are aware of that benefit, given that 
they're doing the packaging. ;)

> > > I am afraid that for Slackware, the bloat in KDE packages is not
> > > acceptible from a maintenance point of view.
> > 
> > Again, I disagree. Yes, it's a bit more work but it reduces the "bloat"
> > for users in the end. Most people don't need everything KDE SC has to
> > offer and, thus, it's well worth some effort.
> The split does not bloat KDE SC since it has been bloated for a long time
> already.

I think his point is that is bloats the *number* of individual KDE packages, 
which is incontrovertible (and as Eric noted, also the reason that Slackware 
itself no longer packages GNOME).

I think that "all" that Eric is asking for is a KDE-provided "meta" package 
re-lumping individual packages together for ease of packaging. Slackware 
third-parties could provide individual split packages if it were highly 
desired by their users.

 - Michael Pyne
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