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The Road to KDE 4: KDE PIM Libraries and Related Technologies

Jun 20, 2007, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Troy Unrau)

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"KDE has a number of sub-projects that have blossomed into enormous projects of their own. A number of them, such as KOffice, or KDE-Edu get a lot of press in the open source world, while the KDE PIM project has been quietly gaining corporate acceptance as a suitable enterprise suite. Today's feature are the libraries that power the KDE PIM project, and specifically, what changes have taken place since KDE 3.5.x, wherein the KDE PIM project is one of the most successful and stable components of KDE. Read on for more details.

"The KDE PIM (Personal Information Management) team has stability among their primary goals. As a result, the changes to KDE PIM are not as flashy as some of the other technologies going into the KDE 4 applications, and in fact, many of the KDE 4 PIM applications will initially appear to be direct ports of their KDE 3.x counterparts. However, much of the focus at this point has been future-proofing technologies, since the opportunity to introduce new APIs and break old ones does not come around very often. To that end, a number of new libraries have been developed, and old ones reworked..."

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