On Sun, Jul 21, 2013 at 3:58 PM, Bernd Stramm <bernd.stramm@...:
> I looked at the wiki, and then looked for the git repos as advertised,
> should be on sf.net and github. They don't seem to exist today, what's up
> with that?
> On Sat, Jul 20, 2013 at 4:54 PM, Jerome Leclanche <adys.wh@...:
>> Akademy is now over.
>> It has been an incredible experience and I cannot express how friendly
>> and fun the KDE community is. Everyone has been extremely welcoming and a
>> lot of people absolutely love what the lightweight DEs are doing.
>> While I was there, we were offered a spot under the KDE umbrella as a KDE
>> member (which is different from becoming a KDE project, it does not add any
>> dependencies on any kde library or project). Further details on that are in
>> a separate email posted recently to the mailing list, I encourage everyone
>> to have a look at it.
>> I truly hope more people will join me at Akademy 2014; I'm really looking
>> forward to it and will be staying for the entire week. Several photo albums
>> are available on the Akademy wiki, here to convince everyone to come!
>> I had the chance to talk a lot about Razor there. It has been clear the
>> project has been in need of restructuring for a while now. We've had long
>> periods with no commits at all. The 0.6.0 release has fallen behind and
>> development overall has slowed down greatly. Some people are calling Razor
>> "complete" but, while I agree it can be sufficient for a lot of use cases,
>> it still is in need of a lot of polishing and improvements.
>> One of the root causes is the lack of actual manpower. We lost several of
>> our core committers due to personal reasons. Everyone here is a volunteer
>> and that comes with the uncertainty on whether we'll still have developers
>> around the next day.
>> On the other hand, the LXDE team has made tremendous progress in their Qt
>> port. This is excellent news for LXDE, for the Qt community and especially
>> for us because the LXDE project has always shared our philosophy. We both
>> strive for small footprint, limited dependencies and modularity.
>> So what happens now?
>> Our two teams have met up and discussed the issues and we have decided
>> that the best course of action for both projects is to focus on a single
>> desktop environment, instead of two.
>> There have been talks of "merging" ever since LXDE-Qt was announced.
>> Having taken the decision to collaborate, we've all had the pleasure of
>> working together already.
>> Our plan is to cherry-pick the best parts of Razor and LXDE and include
>> or port those to LXDE-Qt. Other components will be ported straight from GTK
>> code or rewritten from scratch. In the end, we want to offer the best
>> possible experience while reusing as much code as possible. It will not be
>> an easy process and as always, we welcome anyone who wishes to help, be it
>> with development, translations, or general feedback.
>> In the LXDE codebase, PCMan is overseeing the development of LXDE-Qt
>> which will see a 0.1 release with several razor components already
>> available. The GTK2 port will still be maintained by Andrej and will remain
>> available for as long as possible. The plan is to keep the two branches in
>> sync; as long as GTK2 is still widely in use, the GTK branch will be fully
>> supported and receive further improvements and bugfixes.
>> Whether LXDE itself will become a KDE member is yet to be determined.
>> Their infrastructure is very attractive and we all wish to make use of it,
>> but in the middle of all these events we have decided to keep the decision
>> for later and involve as much of the community as possible in it.
>> As for Razor-qt, we will release a final 0.6.0 package for those who are
>> happy with the desktop as it is. We are starting the release process now
>> and it will include several additional improvements from the Razor/LXDE
>> fusion. After the release, there are no further plans to maintain the
>> Razor-qt tree on its own. We will all be working on the LXDE-Qt
>> repositories and we are looking forward to everyone joining forces and
>> working on LXDE-Qt.
>> I am joined by everyone in hoping this move will bring our two
>> communities closer, as we are all very excited to work together on a single
>> high quality, lightweight Qt desktop environment.
>> J. Leclanche
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