The first Technical Working Group for KDE is now being formed, with elections due over the next few weeks. The Group will help the hundreds of KDE contributors come to technical decisions and smooth processes such as major releases. It will also provide technical guidance to KDE contributors. Seven members of the KDE e.V. will be elected for an initial six months. After this period the Group will be evaluated, and if it proves successful elections will take place once every year. All members of the KDE e.V. are invited to take part in the election. If you are a contributor to KDE and you would like to take part in the decision making process, you are welcome to apply for membership. Further details can be found in the Technical Working Group's charter. Read on for a little more background.
The formation of the Working Groups had been decided on at the recent membership council held at aKademy 2005 last August in Malaga. The details of the Working Group formation were worked out during an open meeting. The Technical Working Group will be the second Working Group to be announced, after the Marketing Working Group was formed in November 2005.
The purpose of the Technical Working Group is to define and execute the official software releases of KDE, to provide guidance on technical decisions and to make sure that the Open Source development process is being maintained. The responsibilities of the Technical Working Group include release management, guiding the decision making process about external and inter-module dependencies, KDE-wide technical infrastructure and technical guidance. All decisions will be made in the spirit of the Open Source development process and will be well-documented. Furthermore, the TWG will coordinate actions amongst people acting as KDE representatives, and function as a representative itself. The Technical Working Group will involve the KDE community in the decision making process at all times. Discussions will generally be held on the relevent mailing list, usually kde-core-devel.