[rkward-devel] files.kde.org vs. download.kde.org

Ben Cooksley bcooksley at kde.org
Wed Feb 4 23:54:05 UTC 2015

On Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 12:38 AM, Thomas Friedrichsmeier
<thomas.friedrichsmeier at ruhr-uni-bochum.de> wrote:
> On Wed, 4 Feb 2015 20:23:10 +1300
> Ben Cooksley <bcooksley at kde.org> wrote:
>> Source code releases (alpha, beta, release candidate or final) should
>> go on download.kde.org as this is more secure.
>> As we make Git repositories available in tarball form it shouldn't be
>> necessary to offer snapshots in source code form.
> Ok.
>> Generally we tend to avoid making Linux binaries available - leaving
>> this up to various distributions to handle.
> The only ones we have are debian binaries. This is essentially due to
> Debian's long freeze periods, and no readily available infrastructure
> for hosting backports (last time I checked).

That sounds correct from my knowledge, so should be okay.

>> As for Windows / OSX - final releases usually go on download.kde.org,
>> while betas, etc. go on files.kde.org.
>> The above is how Krita handles it.
>> Not sure what these bundles are exactly... can you provide more detail
>> on these please?
> Well, on Windows and Mac a "regular" installation is just too
> cumbersome and error-prone. So we offer bundles that include everything
> needed, i.e. R, and a basic KDE installation. These are currently ~160
> MB for Windows, and ~450 MB for Mac(*). We don't do bundles for every
> alpha, etc. but there are usually between one and three preview bundles
> before any final release.
> The source bundles contain the sources for the binaries in the bundle.
> These are provided to be on the safe side regarding GPL compliance, but
> they don't really serve any practical purpose beyond this, and
> typically they don't see more than one or two downloads a week.
> Currently each ~700 MB for Windows and ~1.3 GB for Mac.
> Finally, we also have one odd file for Windows, containing a KDE 4.10.2
> development environment all zipped up at 2.7GB (not including Windows,
> or course). For some background on this:
> http://mail.kde.org/pipermail/kde-windows/2013-May/007556.html . Also
> no more than one or two downloads a week.

Okay, these should follow the same distribution pattern as regular
sources / binaries :)

The development environment should go on files.kde.org.

> Regards
> Thomas
> (*) Hopefully, after porting to KF5, downloads will be a bit smaller,
> and also there seems to be some progress WRT "standalone installers"
> for Windows KDE apps. But we are not there, yet.

Indeed, hopefully the generation of these can be made more automatic
and generic for the whole of KDE in the frameworks world.


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