KDE alpha 1 packages for Fedora?

Jos Poortvliet jos at mijnkamer.nl
Thu May 3 13:00:21 UTC 2007

On 5/3/07, Kevin Kofler <kevin.kofler at chello.at> wrote:
> Jos Poortvliet <jos <at> mijnkamer.nl> writes:
> > Dear people,In a few days KDE 4 alpha 1 will be released, and we would
> like
> > to give as many people as possible the opportunity to have a look at the
> next
> > generation Linux Desktop. Thus an article is being prepared to explain
> to
> > people how they can obtain KDE 4 Alpha 1 packages. A suse livecd already
> > exists, and packages will be available for Suse, Ubuntu, Debian and OS
> X, but
> > we haven't heard from the Fedora community yet. So, as to ensure the
> article
> > will be reasonable complete, we'd like to inquire if Fedora will have
> Alpha 1
> > packages available to it's users.
> I have parallel-installable kdelibs4, kdepimlibs4 and kdebase4 packages
> which
> are currently at 3.80.3 (with assorted backported bugfixes) and which I'm
> planning to upgrade to alpha 1 as soon as it's out. However, my packages
> are
> primarily targeted at developers, not as a sneak preview for users like
> the
> SuSE KDE 4 Live CD. So the focus so far has been safe
> parallel-installability
> with KDE 3 (so a developer can work on KDE 3 and target KDE 4), not full
> module
> coverage.
> I think that for Fedora 8, we will want KDE 4 packaged differently, with
> KDE 4
> as default, all KDE 4 modules packaged and compat-kdelibs3 (and probably
> compat-kdebase3 with a subset of the current KDE 3 kdebase, e.g. the
> KControl
> modules which are needed by some applications) to run programs which
> haven't
> been ported yet. (Hopefully we won't need more compat-kde*3 stuff.) But we
> have
> all been busy with the TODO list for the Fedora 7 release, so we didn't
> have
> time to discuss this, and thus it's just my personal plan. Of course,
> packaging
> for Fedora 8 will not start before Fedora 7 is out, which is 3 weeks from
> now
> if things go well.
> So I don't know of anyone working on KDE 4 packages like this. I'm sorry,
> but
> I'm not personally going to work on any KDE-4-as-default packages nor on
> any
> KDE 4 modules beyond the basic development platform (kdebase4 +
> dependencies)
> before Rawhide opens for Fedora 8 at the earliest. I'm already way too
> busy.
> IMHO, alpha 1 is too early for use as a default desktop for end users
> anyway.
> If you want to run (or develop) individual KDE 4 apps on a KDE 3 desktop,
> my
> packages are enough (I haven't packaged any such app yet though, and I
> probably
> won't have the time to package any any time soon); for replacing KDE 3
> altogether, it's IMHO too early, Fedora 8 is the target I suggest there
> (but I
> may even be overruled and the target set to Fedora 9 instead, we haven't
> had a
> chance to discuss this yet; it will also depend on the Fedora 8 schedule
> which
> AFAIK is not decided yet).

It sounds like I can mention Fedora only has the base packages, mostly aimed
at developers. Can you point me to a location I can link to where users can
get these packages (or instructions how to get them)?

thanx in advance


        Kevin Kofler
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