During the last weekend, the KDE on Windows developers conducted their second
real life meeting in the Trolltech offices in Berlin Adlershof, incorporating new developers and improving infrastructure. Read on for more details.
From left to right: Cornelius Schumacher (KDE e.V.), DanielMolkentin (Trolltech), Patrick Spendrin, Bernhard Loos,Holger Schröder, Christian Ehrlicher, Ralf Habacker,Torsten Rahn, Jaroslaw Staniek. (Click to enlarge)
On Friday evening, the participants were welcomed by the Berlin Trolls and introduced to the office. After a nice meal at a local restaurant, the group evaluated the main working areas of the participants and created a meeting roadmap.
Saturday started with discussions about Ralf Habacker's installer, the autobuild system by Patrick Spendrin and Holger Schröder's emerge scripts.
The KDE installer will be used by users to install KDE components and application on their computers. Christian Ehrlicher was busy switching the build process to the Python-based emerge scripts (unrelated technically to Gentoo emerge, but performing a similar function) which are used to create binary packages from the sources in a convenient and reproducable way. The autobuild system will be used to check the status of different packages for fitness on the Windows platform on a daily bases.
The hackers goal is to integrate all tools into a complete solution to build and distribute KDE on Windows, thus obsoleting the
fairly complex build description on KDE TechBase.
Meanwhile, Jaroslaw Staniek was able to get KWord running natively on Windows.
On Sunday, KDE e.V. treasurer Cornelius Schumacher dropped by for a short chat, while the group continued hacking and improved their skills on the Trolltech kicker table.
The meeting lead to an important milestone for KDE on Windows as the team will soon be able to provide a stable build and installation infrastructure in order to make it as easy as possible for new developers to get started with KDE on Windows. With the new installer, getting started with a native KDE will only be a matter of a few clicks.