The KDE 4 release team started a discussion about a possible release schedule. In the meantime, the developers added the Oxygen icons to kdelibs.
The KDE 4 release team started a discussion about a possible release schedule for KDE 4. Of course nothing is set yet but the topic is now hot and some interesting problems and point of views come up. For example it might be that there will be an kdelibs API freeze in roughly a month – Aaron Seigo mentioned that this could be possible.
Also, the question came up to set a date at which developers would have to decide if they stick to the main release schedule or would pick their own. Remember: KDE is a great desktop and ships in one block, but there are “additional” applications which use the KDE libraries but are not part of the core desktop (they are often part of extragear, though). Amarok or k3b are atm prominent examples of applications which are often used but do not follow the core release schedule. And it could be that other applications split as well – or try to get into core.
The libs freeze would be the first signal that KDE 4 is shaping up – of course there would be still the possibility to change things, and an API freeze is an API freeze, and nothing more. But it would be a start. And it shows that the KDE release team seriously aims at autumn 2007 for KDE 4.
In other but related news Oxygen hit the mirrors, or better, kdelibs. As Aaron wrote:
the oxygen icons are now in kdelibs and licensed under a creative commons v3 attribution, share-like license. libs and base are ported to the new icon names, and will be committed in the coming days along with a switch to oxygen as the default.
This is an important step since Oxygen is a beautiful icon set. It will be one of the main things users will sense and hopefully enjoy.
As you see KDE 4 is on the way and comes into shape. I’m really looking forward to the next article of Troy Unrau’s road to KDE 4 article series.