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Re: [kde-linux] Revive Quanta+?

On Wednesday, 2011-12-28, john Culleton wrote:
> On Mon, 26 Dec 2011 18:31:38 +0100 Kevin Krammer
> <kevin.krammer@xxxxxx> wrote:
> > On Monday, 2011-12-26, john Culleton wrote:
> >> > One of the overrated virtues of Open Software developement
> >> > is
> > > 
> > > integration with an overall project like KDE. If Quanta were
> > > independent of KDE we wouldn't be having this discussion.
> > 
> > You mean because the project mailinglist would have also been
> > gone and thus leaving users without a channel to gauge whether
> > others area also still in need?
> There is still an active Quanta+ list, filled with posts about
> when will it be upgraded to work with Qt4?

No idea. I was mainly finding it quite insightful that one of the advantages of 
larger and diverse projects is that infrastructure such as mailinglist, code 
respositories, etc. keep being accessible even if a certain product is 
currently without any active developers.

In this specific case this very mailinglist being available for users of all 
applications developed by people associated with KDE.

> OTOH the lists for
> Scribus, Inkscape, TeX etc. are filled with posts from people
> actually using the app.

Right, just like this list and the more generic "kde" list being filled with 
posts from people using KDE software. Quite natural IMHO.

> > > One of the virtues of the Open Software approach is freedom
> > > of choice. When the KDE folks messed up KMail I switched to
> > > Claws Mail. When the KDE interface became clumsy and slow I
> > > switched to XFCE. I replaced the weak apps in KOffice with
> > > better ones from Libre. But for the task of web page
> > > production two projects have fallen apart, Quanta+ and now
> > > Amaya. Bluefish is the last app standing. It is decent and
> > > well maintained but lacks some of the features of Quanta+.
> > 
> > In this case I'd say the way with most likelyhood of success is
> > to make a precise as possible description of the missing
> > features and ask the active project's community to implement
> > them.
> > 
> > Cheers, Kevin
> I will take that suggestion. But does nobody in the KDE
> development world worry about the issues that I and others have
> raised?

I am not sure what you mean with "worry about" but I'd say yes.
As I wrote in another mail to this thread there had been a Quanta+ related 
Google Summer Of Code project, last year IIRC.

For something like this to happen it needs at least one student making a 
respective proposal and enough support by KDE's GSOC mentors to make it into 
the final selection (usually something like 40 out of 250 proposals).

Kevin Krammer, KDE developer, xdg-utils developer
KDE user support, developer mentoring

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