KDE Telepathy as part of KDE Applications

Christoph Feck cfeck at kde.org
Wed Aug 2 16:44:17 UTC 2017

On 02.08.2017 17:52, Martin Klapetek wrote:
> Hey guys,
> I was long thinking about writing this email but kept putting it off,
> but I think it's only fair towards everyone, especially our users so
> here it goes finally.
> The KDE Telepathy project is as of now unmaintained for over
> a year. That means there is no active development nor bugfixes
> except a few occasional patches from an uncooperative guy.
> Nobody is handling the incoming bugs. The protocol support is
> outdated, the KAccounts project is unmaintained (including the
> upstream), I'm not sure about the upstream Telepathy project
> but my guess is that it's also not in active development anymore
> either.
> As the last maintainer of KDE Telepathy and KAccounts, I feel like
> we're doing our users a disservice by shipping such outdated and
> unmaintained software. Therefore I'd like to recommend to stop
> shipping KDE Telepathy (all the ktp-* packages) as part of KDE
> Applications, if just to not give the impression that this is still being
> developed.
> But I'd like to leave it at that - a recommendation from the previous
> maintainer. If you guys still think it's worth being shipped, it's ok if you
> continue so. I just wanted you to be aware of the state of the project
> that we ship as our main IM solution.
> Cheers
> --
> Martin Klapetek | KDE Developer

Looking at the bug tracker, we receive some bugs for KAccounts, but 
virtually none for other KTP components. Either nobody uses those (in 
this case I have no objections for your proposal), or they work fine, 
which means I see no reason to stop shipping them.

Note that we have literally hundreds of "unmaintained" modules, 
including many games and edu apps in KDE Applications. Our general 
policy is to move them out only when they are no longer buildable or 
usable, and nobody steps up to fix that.


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