RFC: Dropping (for real) KTP from Applications 17.12

Luca Beltrame lbeltrame at kde.org
Wed Aug 23 15:46:39 UTC 2017

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a recent message[1] to the release-team mailing list suggested that KDE 
Telepathy is de facto dead, due to lack of maintenance with the exception of 
infrequent contributions. Now, the problem seems also to affect the upstream 
Telepathy project, which is mostly dormant. Recently, a component used by KTP 
(the Qt bindings for Telepathy) broke with CMake 3.9 (and a fix or a release is 
not in sight; there has been no significant activity since 2015). At this 
point, with many parts of the stack that are likely bitrotting, and even a 
mostly dead upstream, it is the time to wonder whether KTP should be still 
part of Applications. It was suggested to keep it if it didn't break, but as I 
mentioned, some dependencies *are* already broken.

Therefore, I would suggest for it to be dropped from the next Applications 
release (17.12). For what it's worth, it's being already dropped from openSUSE 
Tumbleweed (and the future stable versions as well), unless, of course, the 
impasse can be solved, but IMO it would just move the line to the next 
breakage (which is going to happen, sooner or later),

[1] https://mail.kde.org/pipermail/release-team/2017-August/010494.html

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