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Behind the KOffice split

Dec 29, 2010, 17:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier)

"On December 6th the KDE Project announced the Calligra Project, which was called a "continuation of the KOffice project." Others, though, might call it a fork or a split between the bulk of the KOffice developers and KWord developer Thomas Zander.

"What's been widely publicized already is the plan for the Calligra side of the split. The new suite will contain the existing KOffice applications, mostly rebranded from the originals. KWord now becomes Words, KSpread becomes Tables, KPresenter becomes Stage, and so on. Calligra will roll up eight applications into one suite, with more promised as the project gains more contributors.

"The development will also move to Git from Subversion, and will continue to be hosted on KDE Project infrastructure. Though the new name and detailed plan was announced on December 6th, the split has actually been a long time in coming. Cyrille Berger Skott announced the intent to split the KOffice community on October 23rd. As the post indicates, this was after "months of discussion." Some of the discussion has happened on the public mailing lists, and other discussions have taken place off the devel list through KDE's Community Working Group (CWG)."

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