Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Sep 2005 10:36 UTC
KDE "As the dust settles from aKademy 2005, the annual KDE conference, it's a good time to take a look at what the KDE developers are working on. Though KDE 3.5 isn't even out yet, developers are already working on KDE 4. Plenty of work has already gone into porting existing code to Qt4, the GUI toolkit upon which KDE is based, and KDE developers are working on projects that could radically change how [KDE] works."
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RE[4]: yes!
by molnarcs on Tue 27th Sep 2005 15:32 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: yes!"
molnarcs
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2005-09-10

The problem with longhorn was that nt's infrastructure didn't support the promised features very well. They have to "reset" the hole process, and begin with the code of win2k3 codebase.

The promised interface of KDE4 is not finished - some parts haven't even began. But they are doing things in the right order. QT4 is there - which will support the new things they plan. Many parts of KDE are already ported to QT4 - even some parts of koffice (kexi for instance, I just downloaded the _WINDOWS_ demo of it). Trolltech pays one developer to work fulltime on the xorg side of things - and again, you see the results. In other words the core is there. Work is progressing in almost every area on top of QT that must be there for KDE4. In fact, some of the things planned for kde4 will be available for 3.5 as well. KDE4 is not promiseware, because for some time now, you could (well, if you look for it) see the efforts devs put into it. Many of the "wow this is soo cool" kinda blogs are bout new stuff related to KDE4.

As for trolltech's need for hiring more developers: one of the thing that makes KDE futureproof is the relatively low barrier for new developers - and the apparent joy of working with their tools. That's the most important issue GNOME needs to address. KDE has become arguably more attractive for new developers in the past few years. And that's what makes OpenSource projects tick.

Forget about the license issue - it's GPL! I myself prefer BSD, but then, I can very well see the point (and the genius) behind the design of the GPL license. Not only that, but software companies can actually by a license to allow closed source development. If you take a look at Trolltech's customers - adobe, volvo, European Space Agency, etc. - I'd say they are doing pretty well ;) ) I don't see high-profile software houses catering to gtk just because it's LGPL.

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