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This page intends to help '''Independent Software Vendors''' (ISVs) understanding the background of the KDE Roadmap.
 
This page intends to help '''Independent Software Vendors''' (ISVs) understanding the background of the KDE Roadmap.
  
== KDE stable releases ==
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== KDE development ==
  
The current KDE release is KDE version 4.0.3/3.5.0. Based on the knowledge and experiences of the first KDE 3.x releases the KDE 3.5 series is a well matured and stable platform to rely on. KDE 4.0.x releases are the bleeding edge of KDE and is future too. KDE 4.1 will be a the state of art of KDE.
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The current KDE development concentrates on both KDE Software Compilation 4, which is current major release and KDE Frameworks 5, which will be a set of high-level components for applications to use.
  
The development of the KDE 3.5.x series will continue to improve this platform without breaking any compatibility, ensuring that every developer can rely on it. Different from previous KDE release, however, the KDE 3.5.x series will include selected new features to include new technologies and provide new possibilities while the long KDE 4 development cycle takes place.
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KDE Software Compilation 4 which is very mature now includes several new features as well as new APIs and frameworks and therefore will break the API compatibility with previous versions. However, at the same time there are several efforts in the community making porting apps to KDE 4 quite easy.
 
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The Roadmap of KDE 3.5.x is divided into the [[Schedules/KDE_3.5_Release_Schedule|Release Schedule]] and the [http://developer.kde.org/development-versions/kde-3.5-features.html Feature Plan].
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== KDE development ==
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The current KDE development concentrates on KDE 4, which will be a major release. It will include several new features as well as new APIs and frameworks and therefore will break the API compatibility. However, at the same time there are several efforts in the community making porting apps to KDE 4 quite easy.
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KDE Frameworks 5 is well underway. It will allow to move to a more modern graphics rendering engine, make development platform more portable, and make it easier to reuse solutions KDE has built.
  
The Roadmap of KDE 4 is divided into the [[Schedules/KDE_4.0_Release_Schedule| Release Schedule]] and the [http://developer.kde.org/development-versions/kde-4.0-features.html Feature Plan].
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The Roadmap of KDE Software Compilation 4 is divided into the [[Schedules/KDE4/4.11_Release_Schedule|Release Schedule]] and the [[Schedules/KDE4/4.11_Feature_Plan|Feature Plan]]. And KDE Frameworks 5 on going efforts are tracked as [http://community.kde.org/Frameworks/Epics Epics].
  
 
== Sub-projects ==
 
== Sub-projects ==
  
 
Some KDE sub-projects have their own roadmaps:
 
Some KDE sub-projects have their own roadmaps:
* [http://multimedia.kde.org/roadmap.php KDE Multimedia project] - supported by [http://phonon.kde.org/ Phonon], a new multimedia API.
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* [http://calligra.org Calligra] - a free, integrated office suite for KDE
* [http://koffice.kde.org/developer/ KOffice] - a free, integrated office suite for KDE
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Latest revision as of 14:43, 13 May 2013

This page intends to help Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) understanding the background of the KDE Roadmap.

[edit] KDE development

The current KDE development concentrates on both KDE Software Compilation 4, which is current major release and KDE Frameworks 5, which will be a set of high-level components for applications to use.

KDE Software Compilation 4 which is very mature now includes several new features as well as new APIs and frameworks and therefore will break the API compatibility with previous versions. However, at the same time there are several efforts in the community making porting apps to KDE 4 quite easy.

KDE Frameworks 5 is well underway. It will allow to move to a more modern graphics rendering engine, make development platform more portable, and make it easier to reuse solutions KDE has built.

The Roadmap of KDE Software Compilation 4 is divided into the Release Schedule and the Feature Plan. And KDE Frameworks 5 on going efforts are tracked as Epics.

[edit] Sub-projects

Some KDE sub-projects have their own roadmaps:

  • Calligra - a free, integrated office suite for KDE

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