[arch-dev-public] kde4

Tobias Powalowski t.powa at gmx.de
Tue Jan 8 15:26:41 EST 2008

On Tuesday 08 January 2008 20:24:01 Varun Acharya wrote:
> Hi tpowa,
> Since you are the resident KDE guy, I was curious as to how you're going to
> handle kde4 when it releases this month. Most sources say that we should
> consider this more of a developer release, and stability and polish can be
> expected only from KDE 4.1. So, a couple of questions:
> 1. Will you get the KDE packages earlier than the actual release date, as
> you always seem to do?
> 2. Do you plan on moving these packages to extra or testing...or maybe even
> unstable??
> 3. What naming scheme will you use? Will KDE4 packages become 'kdelibs'
> 'kdebase' and so on, or will kde3 packages retain that nomenclature for a
> while? (looking at how qt4=>qt in testing, I presume
> kde4=>kdelibs/kdebase). This means kde3 packages have to be rebuilt with
> the new naming scheme kdebase3, and of course all dependent packages with
> it.
> I just thought I'll get the ball rolling on the inevitable confusion to
> follow :)
> Thanks,
> Varun
here the current state from my point of view:
kde4 4.0 series is pure crap for end users.
The real replacement status will hopefully come with 4.1 series.
I will not ship kde4 for extra until it's a full replacement for 3.x series.

The names should stay and a kde3/kde4 parallell mess is not worth at the 

I have a full build environment here and probably i'll place it somewhere that 
others can use it too. (an other repository or unstable, but with no kdelibs4 
or kdebase4 name scheme!)
But it's far away from 3.x feature richness nor usability.
Monthly or every 2 months a svn snapshot of the trunk(4.1 development) would 
make much more fun than the crippled 4.0 series.

greetings from kde4 kmail :)
Tobias Powalowski
Archlinux Developer & Package Maintainer (tpowa)
tpowa at archlinux.org
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