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Month: January 2011

Re: [trinity-users] Thoughts & wishes about the Trinity project status and its future...

From: "Timothy Pearson" <kb9vqf@...>
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2011 13:48:24 -0600
> Hi,
> I have a few questions about the Trinity project status,(part of them
seem to have been partially discussed on the list):
>   - Is Trinity endorsed in any way by the KDE project (except the share
> of sources repository)?

Not that I know of.

>   - Are there original KDE3 developpers involved in Trinity development?
> If so, I'd really like to know if they do it because KDE4 broke too much
things (and/or they consider a desktop environment should not break
things this way)?

Only incidentally, in that I pull updates from the kdepim Enterprise
branch, which is still maintained by an original KDE3
developer/development team.

>   - What are the long term perspectives about Trinity?
>     Will Trinity become something different than KDE3 or it keep it as
> close as possible?

As close as possible in terms of look and feel, but new features will
still be added where they would improve the functionality of the desktop
environment (e.g. krandrtray).  Users can always disable new features from
the control panel, as providing that option is a requirement for patch

>     I mean, the move from KDE3 to KDE4 changed & broke a lots of things
> that I used to work with since 2004. I'd really like a desktop
> environment that doesn't change too much, that keeps its basis stable
(eg. themes can evolve, apps be improved, but keep it functionally the
> By the end, I really think it's a matter of "respect for users": if one
changes things like KDE4 did, what do we have to think about respect
they have (or don't have) for their users? OK KDE4 is beautiful, etc.
but it's deaply another desktop environment (also deeply slow in some
particular configurations such as konsole/nvidia ships), so why should I
continue to use KDE desktops? I almost think KDE4 should have change its
name to something else OR... KDE3 should have been officially
> maintained... or Trinity officially endorsed (is that the case?)!

KDE won't change its name, but KDE3 has changed its name to Trinity.  So,
KDE3 == Trinity, KDE == KDE4, but KDE3 != KDE4.

> So, what's going on?
> Thank you,
> Nicolas
> PS: Do you have an idea about the approximate number of Trinity users?
It seems this list is always growing...

Not sure!  I know we had 3000+ downloads of the Maverick Desktop LiveCD
from one mirror alone last month, but the actual user number may be much

Hope this helps!