Kopete and KDE 4.0
Foe quite some time it looked as Kopete wouldn’t be ready for KDE 4.0. Since it was also made clear that Decibel wouldn’t be ready before KDE 4.1 some people expected to see a really new Kopete together with the Decibel release.
However, some days ago Matt Rogers asked for Kopete developers. He changed his mind and plans to release a Kopete version together with KDE 4.0.
As it looks like the major work which has to be done right now is bug fixing:
We’re in bugfix mode right now. Not sexy work, but useful nonetheless.
This means that the aim to push Kopete for KDE 4.0 is realistic – but that also means we might not see large feature improvements. At least not the ICQ v6 file transfer and the Jabber/Jingle audio support (my two main missing features of Kopete) because I’m sure it would be mentioned otherwise. But since such things might come in with Decibel it will be enough for now to have a Kopete which is “just” working as the KDE 3 does.
That reminds me of kmail btw.: it was once mentioned (at least on IRC I think) that it could find its way into KDE 4.0 as a pre-Akonadi version. Kopete would be similar in the way that it would be a pre-Decibel version – based on the release promises of Decibel.
Besides tons of bug fixes there are also several clean ups and improvements listed in the release announcement. A good example is the chat gui which is now much smoother and cleanr (but still unable to wrap words) or the support for Drag&Drop between almost all possible things.
A surprising thing is however the file transfer dialog – to me it looks pretty much like the GNOME dialog. It is of course programmed in Qt but it uses the Tango colours and icons. While that is somehow ok it is a bit irritating for someone who uses a strongly customized system.
Isn’t there a solution to just use the GUI’s open dialog depending on the started desktop environment? Would be interesting why Skype doesn’t use that.
Still, Skype 1.4.0 stable is a nice release and hopefully lays the foundation to get more features into the release – like video.
Writing about IM one things came to my mind: here in Germany most cellular providers now offer mobile flat rates: you pay a fixed amount of money every month and can use the cellphone as much as you want. While this often works only on landlines and inside the cellular network (roughly 25 €; for a all network flat rate you pay roughly 80 €) and doesn’t work for connections into other countries I expect that these prices will drop even more over the next years and months.
But as a result, will IM applications may even become less interesting? Of course, the text message sending part and the international connection part will still have its important position, but at least in Germany the original benefit of saving a huge amount of money will not be valid anymore soon. I wonder what the impact of this development will be.