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Month: April 2013

Re: [trinity-devel] TDE Status Report

From: Alexis PM <alexispm_stellaluna@...>
Date: Sat, 6 Apr 2013 11:46:05 +0100 (BST)
> De: Timothy Pearson <kb9vqf@...>
> Asunto: [trinity-devel] TDE Status Report
> Para: trinity-devel@...
> Fecha: sábado, 6 de abril, 2013 04:59
> Hi all,
> After discussions with the core development team, I have
> realised that I
> owe everybody a long overdue update regarding Trinity.
> I apologise for the relatively long term silence on these
> mailing lists. 
> Like most people, I have to work in order to keep the lights
> on and the
> servers humming, and these commitments have taken time away
> from TDE.  In
> particular over the past several months I have not had any
> spare time to
> dedicate to TDE, which is why most development (other than
> Slavek's
> tireless patching) had appeared to grind to a halt.
> The good news is that the work which had been taking most of
> my time is
> now easing up.  I am currently diving into the
> bugtracker and am currently
> focused on getting R14.0.0 stabilized and ready to ship.
> Thanks to several other dedicated individuals involved in
> the Trinity
> project, progress has continued while I was away. 
> R14.0.0 is looking good
> overall, and the R14.0.0 road map and long term TDE road
> maps have been
> updated on the Etherpad to more accurately reflect our
> goals.
> Despite my absence I am encouraged that TDE will continue to
> move forward.
> After some discussions with the core developers of TDE, I
> have begun to
> realise that the project's top priority from now on needs to
> be resolving
> bug reports. Other work will continue, including
> enhancements and feature
> requests, but bug quashing will need to remain a top
> priority to ensure
> TDE's survival and success.
> Secondly, Trinity has much in common with other "secondary"
> desktop
> environments.  We never will have the developer power
> or userbase of KDE,
> GNOME, or Unity, but like our cousin "secondary" desktops,
> TDE has a vtal
> role to play in the free/libre software world.  We
> should strive for
> excellence within our particular software design model, and
> not worry so
> much about what the Big Three desktops are doing at any
> given instant.
> My motivation for using and developing Trinity is to create
> a desktop that
> functions the way I think it should function. How people
> believe a desktop
> should function varies widely and this is why so many exist,
> along with
> many window managers.  The Trinity philosophy does not
> embrace certain
> popular elements now available in other desktops, and those
> elements are
> unlikely to ever become a part of Trinity.  That kind
> of focus is neither
> "bad" nor "good." We live in a large, varied world and there
> is plenty of
> room for all of these varying opinions and designs. 
> This is also part of
> the method why free/libre software will succeed in the long
> run: by
> encouraging choice and freedom of opinions.
> Continuing Trinity is not about "us" versus "them"; instead,
> we are simply
> exercising our freedom of choice by improving our software
> as we see fit. 
> Nothing more, nothing less.
> Thank you so much for being patient the past several
> months.  I know it
> was difficult for many of you, but rest assured that work on
> TDE will pick
> up again, especially with your continuing support!
> Timothy Pearson
> Trinity Desktop Project

Thanks Timothy for the email!

(I apologize in advance for my bad English, I have a bit of a hurry writing)

As a tireless advocate KDE-3 user, I really want TDE has a long life and continue to develop and improve in the future (short, medium and long term).
I look for a desktop that is configurable and complete (not simplistic as LXDE,...) and with characteristics centered in its useful for users and no a sample of technic virtuosity (tablet sense GNOME3/Shell/Unity, plasmoids KDE4,...). KDE3/TDE and XFCE4 are the closest to this ideal of desktop focused on what users really need to take advantage of your desktop (MATE is too simple, more inline with LXDE), and KDE3/TDE most than XFCE4 (KDE3/TDE is more complete in features). (My apologize for those who feel uncomfortable with this statements, nor do I have any interest in entering into a discussion about desktop environments).

As a reporter of a lot of bugs, my biggest reservations about TDE has been little attention paid to solve bugs reported. I have find frustrating that TDE have a number of bugs significantly greater than its predecessor KDE3 (comparing TDE with Debian Etch and Lenny's KDE-3, I tested TDE in Lenny, Squeeze and Wheezy). Several months ago I volunteered to help with what little I can to do for the development of TDE (basically contribute with Spanish translations and report bug), but that I continue locating bugs back down me to invest time in translations and more. If you really are going to invest a lot of effort in TDE now to resolve outstanding bugs, for me is the best possible news!

Best regards