The last commit digest made me thinking about applications development for KDE 4: several of the applications we really got used to in KDE 3 will be left behind because they will be replaced in one way or the other. So I decided to check which applications I know of will be replaced, and by what they will be replaced. I will also try to add some sources to verify my statements. But, as usual: as long as nothing is written in stone you can’t be too sure about it!
If I’ve forgotten something, please leave a comment with a source, I will update the table in such cases.
|KDE 3 to KDE 4 transition|
|Program or service in KDE 3||Successor in KDE 4||more information|
|aRts||Phonon||linux.com article about Phonon|
|Crystal (KDE’s default icon set)||Oxygen||Oxygen homepage|
|DCOP||D-Bus||Blog post by thiago|
|kdesktop||krunner/Plasma||SVN commit, Blog post by Aaron|
|kicker||Plasma||Blog post by Aaron|
|kspell2||Sonnet||Jacob Rideout’s blog|
|run command||krunner||Blog post by Aaron|
|superkaramba||Plasma||Blog post by Aaron|
Here are only these things mentioned which we will leave behind – to think of them, the developers, the time and effort spent at them. Spend these applications a minute to remember how great they served you and your needs.
Of course, there are other things where we will see huge improvements but this page is dedicated to the applications the KDE project will replace.
1:Konversation will not be bound to KDE’s release cycle as ksirc was. It will be a stand alone application in KDE extragear like, for example, Amarok.