so the plasma team has started ripping into the kde4 branch. Maksim had been puttering away quite doggedly at it for a few weeks now with much progress having been made. now the rest of us are either there or on our way and things are starting to happen =) i've done a half dozen commits this weekend to the branch, including moving all the kpanel* classes out of libkdeui and into libkickermain which will eventually evolved into libplasma and lib .. um.. libsomething. libplasma is for applets, libsomething will be for the extensions (various panels and the desktop)
i removed the clock applet while i was in there. that was soooooooooo cathartic it isn't even funny =) we'll have a new clock applet in plasma, so i didn't want to waste any time on the clock. it's already injured me psychically enough not to follow me into kde4.
kasbar is also disabled from the build at the moment, waiting on rich to join in and start maintaining it in the kde4 branch.
and this is just the beginning. things are going to be wild for a few months with kicker as it morphs into the beginnings of plasma. what i'm not looking forward to is porting all the applets spread across kde's svn. in fact, this may be a good time to cull them down to a reasonable core and perhaps start from the beginning again? haven't really decided there.
i'm impressed with how active the kde4 branch is starting to get, but we really do need more hands. many of our application developers will be diving in on or around akademy, but if you're looking for something to do before then .... =)
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