[arch-general] Interesting tidbit from other distros latest releases - kde3 is still there and maintained.

Lukáš Jirkovský l.jirkovsky at gmail.com
Tue Aug 3 03:31:05 EDT 2010

On 3 August 2010 07:50, David C. Rankin <drankinatty at suddenlinkmail.com> wrote:
> Guys,
>        This is just a point of interest more than anything else. Many of you
> know I came to Arch from suse and one of the reasons was suse announced plan
> to eliminate kde3 in its 11.2 release in early 2009. Arch had chakra and it
> worked great so Arch was a great logical choice.
>        It seems that some desktops can't be replaced or removed that easily.
> Going against a solid year of policy to the contrary, suse's 7/15/10 new
> release (11.3) included a kde3 repository that will be available and
> maintained at least until 11.3 EOL. (usually 18 months) The only discussion
> on the suse list was the fact that the cost of offering kde3 is basically
> zero and other than a few updated libs (poppler-qt3, libpng, libjpeg),
> etc.., kde3 is static requiring nothing more than a few hundred meg of
> storage at this point. More resources are spent building and offering LXDE,
> openbox, etc. than kde3 required so it made sense to continue the desktop as
> an offering.
>        What's that got to do with Arch? If Novell has come to the conclusion
> that it makes business sense to continue kde3 for the time being, then it
> may at least be something the Arch devs want to talk about and at least try
> to figure out the "why?" part of Novell's continuation of kde3 in case there
> is anything that Arch wants to do to maintain its offerings comparable with
> distro X, Y or Z. I have no information there.
>        Currently kdemod3 is still in really good shape for Arch, but with
> the loss of Jan, I don't know what that means for the continuation of its
> hosting on the charkra servers. That might at least be worth knowing.
>        None of this needs any type of reply, but with kde4 still in a
> massive state of flux (i.e. you can't even get to your kabc categories at
> present), at least having Arch know what it's thoughts or wishes are in this
> area before be faced with any changes, may just help the distro be ready for
> what ever comes along.
>        Food for thought for the powers that be -- all others, just hit
> 'del'.
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You may want to take a look at the Trinity project [1] (unfortunately
the website is down now) if you didn't already. It's a maintained fork
of KDE 3.

[1] http://trinity.pearsoncomputing.net/

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