Suggestion to drop kopete from KDE Gear

Jonathan Riddell jr at
Mon Jul 31 09:48:50 BST 2023

I'd agree on this having taken a quick look at it, I can't see a useful
function for this app any more.


On Fri, 28 Jul 2023 at 22:15, Heiko Becker <heiko.becker at> wrote:

> Hello,
> I wanted to keep kopete at least buildable against recent version of its
> dependencies by removing some obsolete parts. But it occured to me that if
> I were to continue with that, there wouldn't be much left. It suffers from
> the same problems with dead or (at least dying) protocols I wrote down for
> ktp [1], so I'll just add some relevant things affecting kopete:
> - Contrary to ktp it doesn't use pidgin for ICQ/AIM, but a custom
> implementation, the result is the same. AIM ceased to exist and ICQ
> changed
> its protocol (and thus kopete silently fails to with the latter).
> - XMPP/Jabber allows to connect, but joining a room crashes kopete, which
> matches a bug report from 2019 [2]
> - winpopup was apparently discontinued after Windows XP
> - qq: I'm hesistant to give them my phone number to manually register an
> account (the link behind the register button times out). Pidgin removed
> support for this in 2011, which is roughly the same time a non-porting
> commit touched the code and there is a bug report that it indeed doesn't
> work [3]
> I didn't have/find an instance to test Bonjour and my distro doesn't
> provide a package for libmeanwhile, so no testing of these.
> In addition, it has a very long list of (partly very old) bugs [4] (no
> idea
> how many, bugzilla stops after 500), and my impression from testing a few
> is that many of them are easily reproduceably today.
> As much as I used kopete for chatting back in the day, I seriously think
> it's broken enough to stop shipping it with Gear, if nobody surprisingly
> steps up and does at least some basic maintenance.
> If you know anybody who's still around and cares for kopete, please feel
> free to bring this mail to their attention.
> Regards,
> Heiko
> [1]
> [2]
> [3]
> [4]
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