Release Team Members Propose New Development Process

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At Akademy 2008, KDE Release Team members Sebastian Kügler and Dirk Müller discussed the future of KDE's development process. Describing the challenges KDE faces and proposing some solutions, they spawned a lot of discussion.

Our current development model has served us for over 10 years now. We did a transition to Subversion some years ago, and we now use CMake, but basically we still work like we did a long time ago: only some tools have changed slightly. But times are changing. Just have a look at the numbers:

KDE 0.0 to 3.5 took 420.000 new revisions in 8 years
KDE 3.5 to 4.0 took 300.000 new revisions in 2 years

Also, this year's Akademy was the largest KDE event ever held, with more than 350 visitors from every continent of the world.

This enormous growth creates issues both for the wider community, for developers, and for the release team. Patches have to be reviewed, their status has to be tracked - these things become progressively harder when the size of the project balloons like it currently does.

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