1i5t5.duncan at cox
Aug 11, 2009, 11:59 PM
Post #3 of 5
Tomáš Chvátal posted on Mon, 10 Aug 2009 17:16:53 +0200 as excerpted:
> The KDE project (upstream) mostly stopped working on KDE-3.5 around 2
> years ago and has since dropped any support for that branch of KDE. As
> such, no one is auditing the code or fixing bugs caused by updates of
> deps and Gentoo is unable to track security patches and to fix issues
> related to updates in deps such as gcc or glibc. Also, almost all kde3
> packages will fail with new autotools (autoconf-2.64) (so far masked),
> and they will require quite a few patches to fix KDE autotools stuff
> (admin/ files).
Could you point me to anything definitive saying 3.5 is no longer
supported, an official page on the KDE site, something on one of their
lists, a blog posting, an email that can be made public, anything?
Because I asked on the kde general list , quoting Gentoo/KDE's
statement (at the time, I've not checked if it has been updated) in the
KDE Guide :
> KDE 3 is no longer maintained by upstream,
> with 3.5.10 being their last release.
I said I was asking as that conflicted with what asegio had blogged a
year earlier, saying there'd be support as long as there were users. 
Anne Wilson, KDE list spokesperson apparent , along with some others,
basically contradicted the public Gentoo/KDE statement, saying that while
some bugs for particular kde3 apps are now being closed as unmaintained,
because kde doesn't force devs to work on older versions as they move on
with life, that's not the case with kde3 as a whole, and while there's no
further development going on, security bugs and the like are going to be
supported for some time. Of course "security-bug-only" support is NOT
the type of support ASegio's blog was leading users to expect.
Someone else in the thread also points out that KDE's site (at the time,
has it updated after 4.3?) said that kde 4.2 was recommended for normal
users, but kde 3.5 was still recommended for "conservative" users ,
those very likely to be concerned about ongoing support.
So from a user perspective, it seems like they're really trying to have
it both ways, claiming continued support when it simply isn't happening,
and effectively putting their fingers in their ears and screaming "na na
na" every time someone tries to point it out, until they give up and go
away, while continuing to complain about the issue coming up again and
again ("for the 100th time", according to Lydia Pintscher, kde/amarok/
kubuntu dev, @ ).
As I said in a reply, without "a clear and definitive statement on
continuing kde 3 support," "what's apparently come up 100 times is likely
to come up 100 more..." But while Gentoo has provided just such a
statement, I've yet to see such a "clear and definitive statement" from
upstream, despite enduring that "Nah na na" effect thru that whole
thread, with statements on both sides of the fence, thus nothing really
clear and definitive, tho one certainly gets a feeling for the general
Now with this post here, it appears KDE's not even claiming security
support any more. Yet they clearly still have users, so as I pointed out
(to much protest) in the thread, I guess [K]Ubuntu was correct in
deciding not to include kde3 in its LTS, with kde4 clearly not yet ready
either, despite ASegio's claim: "KDE3 will remain supported for years.
Why? Because there are users." ( quoting  again.)
So as I asked above, is there a definitive upstream KDE statement that
> dropped any support for [the 3.5] branch of KDE. [N]o one is auditing
> the code or fixing bugs caused by updates of deps and Gentoo is unable
> to track security patches and to fix issues related to updates in deps
> such as gcc or glibc.
Because while I've seen Gentoo/KDE statements to that effect, I've been
unable to find definitive upstream KDE statements to that effect, and
I've both looked and asked upstream myself. Thus, if you could provide
such a statement, it would be a HUGE help.
[.All that said, with 4.3,0, I've actually finished the switch myself and
finally unmerged 3.5.10 just a day or two ago. There's still a decent
amount of broken stuff like global multi-key hotkeys and a ksysguard that
won't properly obey or retain its settings, but I've found workarounds
for enough of them, that as an "early adopter", I find kde4 at least
usably functional now, even if formerly major parts of my work flow
functionality remain "substantially broken", and have to be worked
around, and even if it did take me ~80 hours of work to reconfigure it so
that it actually /is/ at least usable at what on most /other/ projects
would be called a beta or first release candidate level. Maybe by what
KDE calls 4.5, we'll actually be reaching the x.0 level for /most/
projects, but I've always enjoyed being leading sometimes bleeding edge,
and that's exactly where kde4 is now, with 4.3, so it's actually usable
for me, now, even if that actual usability /does/ involve a number of big
workarounds for still broken functionality that worked well enough in
previous versions to have become relied upon in the course of ordinary
 What's the official status of 3.5.x, anyway? Thread starter:
 Gentoo/KDE Gentoo KDE Guide:
 Anne Wilson: At least, she has claimed to speak for KDE, threatening
to ban posters, etc, based on the actions of some KDE committee. It
wasn't me that got that threat so I'd prefer not to post details, but I
have a copy of the email and could probably get permission to post it
from the guy who did get threatened, if needed.
 See the entire thread, but particularly:
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