The two venerable KDE mailing lists, kde and kde-user, both hosted at lists.netcentral.net, are being phased out in favor of two new mailing lists, kde and kde-linux, hosted at the KDE.org domain. Current subscribers to the existing mailing lists will need to subscribe to the new mailing lists. Administration of the old mailing lists will cease August 15 and they will be shut down altogether on August 31. A big shout-out to NetCentral for providing excellent hosting services to KDE users for many years! Update: 08/02 5:25 AM by N: By popular demand, a kde-nonlinux list has been created as well.
For several years now I have served as the list admin for the kde
and kde-user mailing lists, the two "user-land" KDE mailing lists. The lists
were created long before I became list admin. In the interim, a lot has
changed with KDE and the people subscribed to the lists. Moreover, the
lists are the only large KDE lists to be hosted outside the kde.org domain
(they have been hosted at
lists.netcentral.net). While I
have nothing but the greatest appreciation for NetCentral's contributions and
support of KDE (thanks!), KDE has outgrown the mailing list bot software installed
on that system, and we are unable to upgrade it. Accordingly, we are
scrapping the current kde and kde-user mailing lists at lists.netcentral.net
in favor of two new mailing lists,
each hosted at master.kde.org's mailman interface.
The new mailing list kde
will focus specifically on operating-system independent questions and
discussions regarding KDE and third-party KDE software. Operating-system
independent means the questions and discussions will pertain to each KDE user
using the applicable KDE software, whether using FreeBSD, HPUX, Linux or
Solaris. Operating system specific questions and discussion are strictly
off-topic on this list.
The other new mailing list,
will focus on problems facing a desktop user running KDE on a Linux
distribution. Any question appropriate for kde is also
appropriate for kde-linux, but not vice-versa; the
latter is a superset of the former.
What, by way of example, is the difference? For instance, the question
"How do I change the margin size for KWord documents" is
appropriate for the kde list, as this has to do with KWord's
user interface and thus applies to users of all OSs.
On the other hand, the question
"How do I set up my printer using KDE" is only appropriate for the
OS-dependent kde-linux list, as it involves system configuration
of a printer and possible installation of device drivers.
If you don't understand the difference, and you use KDE with
Linux, please subscribe to kde-linux.
In my time as service as list admin for kde and kde-user, my observation has been that OS-dependant questions very heavily, if not exclusively, are centered on
Linux. For this reason the only OS-dependent list created at this juncture is kde-linux. Of course, if there is sufficient demand, mailing lists for other
operating systems will also be created (such as kde-bsd or kde-solaris).
But please don't request a list just to be "fair" -- there should be a real
need for the list, as an inactive list is just clutter.
Andreas "Dre" Pour
KDE/KDE-User Mailing List Admin