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LWN: Why the KDE Project Switched to CMake--And How

Jun 30, 2006, 12:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alexander Neundorf)

"KDE is one of the largest Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) projects. It follows the typical 'distributed development' model used by many other FOSS applications. More than 1.200 developers around the planet have accounts and credentials to access its central source code repository. This repository currently holds more than 4 million lines of program code, translations of approximately 100,000 user interface strings (and many more lines of application manuals) into more than 80 different languages. Every day there are about 300 or more 'commits,' adding new or modifying existing content.

"Any software project of this size and scope can only prosper and go forward if it uses tools that are good enough to manage and build all its code, for all its contributors, on all supported OS and CPU platforms, all the time, without major problems. Oftentimes 'good enough' here translates into: 'the best one that is available for our purposes...'"

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