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[News] Why Forking/Succeeding KDE3 Unlikely to Work, KDE 4.5 in Focus With New Exciting Features

  • Subject: [News] Why Forking/Succeeding KDE3 Unlikely to Work, KDE 4.5 in Focus With New Exciting Features
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 30 May 2010 10:09:29 +0100
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Trinity and the Challenges of Continuing KDE 3

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| This morning, while having my usual Cafe 
| Latte (albeit this time in Berlin instead 
| of at home sweet home in Nijmegen), I read 
| about the Trinity project, which is an 
| effort to revive KDE 3. I think this 
| project nicely shows the advantages of Free 
| Software. While the vast majority of KDE 
| contributors agrees that KDE 3 is a dead 
| end, technologically, these two guys 
| (according to the somewhat sparse 
| information on the website) are trying to 
| continue to support and feature development 
| on KDE3. Now I see a couple of real 
| challenges for this project:
|     * Maintainance â KDE 3 is a large 
|     codebase. You need a good amount of 
|     people with domain knowledge of many 
|     different areas to effectively maintain 
|     a project like KDE. I see some of the 
|     first roadmap tasks for Trinity are 
|     updating the build system to deal with 
|     all the updated developer tools (e.g. 
|     newer autotools versions).


Lancelot and KMail in 4.5

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| Every once in a while I write a post 
| related to relations between lancelot and 
| kmail or kopete.


Panel icon sizes in KDE SC 4.5

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| There were a lot of complaints when we 
| decided to limit the size of icons placed 
| on panels in plasma to 32Ã32 pixels.
| The reasoning behind limiting the size were 
| requests from users who use vertical panels 
| â vertical panels are usually made wider 
| then standard panels, and icons would grow 
| to 300Ã300 pixels taking up most of the 
| space on the panel.


New In KDE Partition Manager 1.1 (I): Mount Management

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| One of the most requested features after 
| KDE Partition Managerâs initial release has 
| been that users asked for a way to modify 
| mount points from within the application. 
| This came as a bit of a surprise to me 
| because I would not have seen this feature 
| to be in the immediate scope of a partition 
| managing application. But, the user is king 
| after all, and thus this will indeed be 
| possible in KDE Partition Manager 1.1.



4.5 updates so far

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| Iâm not going to make a detailed post, just a
| screen-shot based overview of the new features
| you can expect in KDE 4.5.


KDE 4.5 Release Schedule Ready

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| Last week we finished the KDE 4.5 release
| schedule. The good news is that you can
| start organising your release party now,
| the expected date for KDE 4.5.0 is August
| 4th 2010.


Five Improvements for KDE 4.5 (Part 2)

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| In my opinion, the KDE4 desktop is the most
| revolutionary piece of Linux software since
| the Linux kernel itself, and I appreciate how
| it strives to challenge old desktop paradigms
| and introduce new ones.


Five Improvements for KDE 4.5 (Part 1)

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| 4.) Easier Theme Installation
| Another issue I had with KDE (even with the
| KDE3.x series) is that themes are so easy to
| install in GNOME, but a pain in KDE. While
| installing new themes is still easiest to do
| in GNOME (download, drag, and drop) KDE SC 4.4
| has made strides in this area, finally. It can
| only get better from here.
| [...]
| So, there you have it. Those are
| features/changes I wished for during previous
| KDE releases that have all materialized into
| reality. With such progress, itâs clear that
| KDE is moving at the speed of light, and I
| predict KDE SC 4.5 will be the height of the
| KDE4 series. What am I hoping for in that
| release? Stay tuned next week to find out, and
| be ready to share your ideas so we can help
| make KDE the best it can be.

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