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10 July 2013, 14:16

Could there be new KDE versions every 3 months?

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KDE icon Some KDE developers are currently discussing a proposal to publish major revisions of the KDE Software Collection every three months, rather than the current six-month cycle. The more rapid rhythm aims to simplify the work on new versions and quickly bring new features to users.

Two of the three months would be used to integrate new functionality, with the third month being designated for preparing the release. The KDE developers' mailing list discussions have been quite constructive, as KDE leader Aaron J Seigo noted in his comments where he responds to issues raised over branching, artwork, marketing and maintenance. "Even if it does not happen, the discussion has been very valuable already. everyone who has engaged in the discussion so far has been pretty awesome. pretty much no bikeshedding, no flaming, thoughtful input. holy crap. :)" added Seigo.

Zoom The KDE SC proposed timeline for releases
Source: KDE

According to Luca Beltrame, the openSUSE packagers are against the proposal because the three-month cycle would create extra work and "cause an additional strain for supplying updates". The proposal will also be discussed at the KDE Akademy 2013 running from 13 to 19 July in Bilbao, Spain.


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