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Month: October 2012

Re: [trinity-devel] Latest press/comments on release

From: "Timothy Pearson" <kb9vqf@...>
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2012 14:23:46 -0500
>> so, here is a first short writeup:
> Thanks. Will be interesting to read subsequent reports.
> Darrell

If KDE has finally gotten their act together for even part of they
desktop, we should look at deprecating parts of TDE which duplicate

KOffice immediately springs to mind, but we would need some consensus from
users that the KDE4 application is a true replacement for the old TDE
application before proceeding.

One area where I want to see greater cooperation between
TDE/XFCE/KDE/Gnome is in kioslaves and file handling dialogs.  As far as I
am concerned this is the last great barrier between mixing/matching
toolkits in a single session.  IMHO there is no reason why we shouldn't be
able to hammer out some kind of extensible common API to handle these
tasks; computers have been dealing with file selection and management for
decades; the fact that all the major toolkits have reinvented the wheel in
incompatible/nonextensible ways is absurd.

The only other thing that still concerns me is the continual breakage from
the upstream Qt project; Qt 4.8 for example contains a number of drawing
bugs that make non-pixmap based styling very difficult.  Anyone who has
tried the TDE/Qt4 theme engine on Qt >= 4.8 will know exactly what I am
referring to. ;-)

As the KDE4 "desktop" itself does things very differently than TDE there
is very little chance that the TDE desktop  will ever be able to be
replaced, but this cannot be said about the application ecosystem itself. 
If a better, feature-full KDE4 application exists we should seriously
consider deprecating the TDE equivalent to reduce our maintenance load. 
When I say feature-full I mean that the new application can do everything
the TDE equivalent could, including supporting the original TDE workflow.

Thoughts are of course welcome!