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A "Kde-patch" website to share small patches


KDE4 Brainstorm

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A "Kde-patch" website to share small patches

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Submitted:  May 3 2008


I recently added a small feature to Konversation for my own need : it add a small preview below the nicklist (through Gwenview kpart) of all image-url that appears in a channel. This is a cool feature for me because I'm always in channels with a lot of image url and it's not very handy to open each image just to have a quick look (it's quite fonctionnal now but still need some work). Well, if I want to share my patch with others, how do I do ? This was my great introduction to the problem, now you can read my idea:

We all know that one of the beauty of open source is we can modify applications in order to fit our needs. So If I want a small feature that will not go into mainstream (because it is too specific, too "tricky..."), I can modify a few lines (or more!) and voilà ! Some people might be interested by this new feature but I think KDE-Apps is not the best place to share these patched apps because :
- KDE-Apps should remain clean and only store "real applications"
- There could be many variants of a patch and if they are all posted on KDE-Apps, the site will become a real mess
- Patched apps can create bugs and those who use them should not bother the authors of the original app so if you want to speak about them, there should be a dedicated place)
- Patched apps are maybe for more experimented users and KDE-Apps should target every users

So my idea is to create a "KDE-Patch" site to share all the small patches of the KDE/QT community. With this, even a small modification can be shared and profites to the others, patches can be discussed and improved, etc. Moreover, KDE-Patch can play the role of intermediate level between contributor-wanabee and authors of main apps : everybody can easily propose his modification and developpers of patched apps can watch all the patches related to their apps and maybe they will be eventually interested by one of them. (Note that this site is for small patches that add a feature or two and not for real fork (fork is bad)).

I don't think the design/structure of KDE-Apps or KDE-Look are ideal for this kind of sites and maybe a simple forum (PhpBB, Invision...) will be better. One can create main sections for each main apps and each new post in this section should be related to a patch of this apps (with comments, ideas, etc. about it). No need for a lot's of bandwith/storage I think, patches are usually just really small text files.

Ex of structure of the board :

HELP ===============================================================
[How to apply a patch]
[How to submit a patch]
PATCHES ============================================================
- Embedded preview of all image URL that appears in a channel
- comment
- comment
- comment
- auto-rejoin on kick feature
- comment
- comment

- Restore the "hide menu bar" feature

I don't know if this site could really be part of the KDE-* network but I think it will not require a lot of work to maintain it as a small personnal project. Well, all it needs is contributors and visitors and a little love. Btw, does anybody know if we can freely use the "kde" word (like in "kde-patch.org"...) if we are not officialy related to KDE (if not, no problem, the name isn't really important) ? Any comments, ideas, volunters (with a place to put the forum, free time...) ? I can't personnaly really work on this project for the moment because I'm too busy with my studies (attentive readers may have noticed that I don't study english... ;) ) but I'm really interested and think it will benefit to everybody.

Note : this isn't specificaly an idea for KDE4 so "KDE4 Brainstorm" is not the best place (and IMO, it should be renamed into something more generic) but it is somewhat difficult to grab some attention :)

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