KDE Generation 5

A radical proposal for re-structuring the KDE software projects in our version 5 release cycle. This is only a proposal from a KDE community member to prompt a discussion, and should not be taken as real. In particular, app and community status may not fairly or accurately reflect the real status!

KDE Metadata

A new file in every KDE repository storing the key metadata about the repo, from which the projects.xml can be automatically generated.


maintainers=<git id>






Experimental - What was Playground: experiments, new apps, WIP, etc. Has a fixed life-span, if no active work afetr 12 months then admins will move to unmaintained and contact the creator to discuss possible deletion.

Incubator - Similar to Review, but wider in scope. Covers those apps moving from Experimental to Released, but also covers mature apps coming from outside the KDE infrastructure that need to be reviewed for meeting KDE standards before going to Released

Released / Stable / Maintained - Apps judged to be mature enough to move from Experimental or from outside, must have had a stable release, and that are being actively maintained in a releasable and usable state by a named individual or a community group.

Essential - Released apps that are deemed to be essential for everyday use and are guaranteed by the KDE community as a whole to be maintained to a high quality.

Deprecated - Apps that are Released but may no longer be needing active maintenance or development due to decreased relevance, but that are still needing to be kept available for some part of the user base (e.g. KPPP). Best efforts will be made to keep compiling, but not guaranteed that will remain functional. May be stepping stone on way to Unmaintained.

Unmaintained - Apps that are no longer maintained or functional, and may no longer even compile.

Release Cycle

Official - Included in the official KDE Applications Release. Only Released maturity apps that are actively maintained and whose maintainers have guaranteed to abide by the release schedule and other KDE release standards may be included. The decision to include the app is made by concensus of the relevant community, or the wider KDE community, but is at the discretion of the KDE Release Team should they determine that the required KDE standards are not met.

Independent - A KDE Application that is not part of the official release. Note that apps in Experimental or Incubator may make alpha and beta releases and so may have this status, as may Unmaintained apps.

Unreleased - Apps that have never released.


App Status Group Maturity Release Categories Notes
example active Applications Released Official Utilities


Maintainer: ?

Ststus: Fairly actively maintained, and a must-have collection of apps. Need to consider if these should stay as apps, or if some are better replaced with plasmoids, or integrated into the workspace or frameworks?

Extragear has other useful tools like Simon.

App Status Group Maturity Release Categories Notes
jovie active Applications Released Official Accessibility
kaccessible active Applications Released Official Accessibility
kmag active Applications Released Official Accessibility
kmousetool active Applications Released Official Accessibility
kmouth active Applications Released Official Accessibility


Maintainer: ?

Status: Not much activity, apps appear stable and semi-useful, but not really a must have in the main release? Close module and remove from main release, but keep as released. Investigate working closer with distro's like Kubuntu to produce system admin tools?

App Status Group Maturity Release Categories Notes
kcron inactive Applications Released Independent Utilities ksystemlog inactive Applications Released Independent Utilities kuser inactive Applications Released Independent Utilities

Base Applications

Kate KDE Base Apps Konsole


C# Kross Interpreters Perl PyKDE 4 Ruby Smoke


kdeedu - Applications, Released, Official


Status: Actively maintained, contains examples for all KDE software offerings, not just Frameworks. Make part of proper SDK?


kdegames - Applications, Released, Official


kdegraphics - leave as is, or split a little? Move mature libraries to Frameworks Move gwenview, okular, ksnapshot to Essentials Move rest to Extragear

 gwenview - Essentials
 kamera -
 kcolorchooser - Applications, Released, Official
 kruler - Applications, Released, Official
 kgamma - Applications, Released, Official
 kolourpaint - Essentials? or Extragear?
 ksaneplugin - Essentials? or Extragear? 
 ksnapshot - Essentials? or Extragear?
 kdegraphics-mobipocket - Applications, Released, Official
 okular - Essentials
 kdegraphics-strigi-analyzer - Extragear strigi?
 svgpart - Applications, Released, Official
 kdegraphics-thumbnailers - Extragear thumbs?
 libkdcraw - Frameworks?
 libkexiv2 - Frameworks?
 libkipi - Frameworks?
 libksane - Frameworks?


kdemultimedia - move all, close module

 mplayerthumbs - Extragear thumbs group
 audiocd-kio - Extragear kio group
 libkcddb - Frameworks
 kscd - Unmaintained
 kmix - Essentials
 ffmpegthumbs - Extragear thumbs
 juk - Applications, Released or Essentials?, Official
 dragon - Applications, Deprecated, Independent
 libkcompactdisc - Extragear Libs or Frameworks?


kdenetwork - move all, close module

 kdenetwork-strigi-analyzers - Extragear Strigi group
 kdnssd - Applications, Released, Official
 kget - ???
 kppp - Deprecated
 krdc - Applications, Released?, Official
 kdenetwork-filesharing - Applications, Released, Official
 krfb - Applications, Released?, Official
 kopete - Deprecated



kdeutils - move all, close module

 ark - Essentials
 filelight - Applications, Released, Official
 kcalc - Essentials
 kcharselect - Applications, Released, Official
 kdiskfree - Applications, Released, Official
 kfloppy - Deprecated or Unmaintained?
 kgpg - Applications, Released, Official
 kremotecontrol - Applications, Released, Official
 ktimer - Applications, Released, Official
 kwallet - Essentials?
 print-manager - Essentials?
 superkaramba - Deprecated?  Unmaintained?
 sweeper - Applications, Released, Official


Maintainer: ?

Change concept, develop a proper SDK containing utils, scripts, templates, examples etc that are released with Frameworks? Apps can move to Developer Apps?

App Status Group Maturity Release Categories Notes
kde-dev-utils active Frameworks Released Official SDK Merge utils, scripts, templates as one SDK repo?
kde-dev-scripts active Frameworks Released Official SDK Merge utils, scripts, templates as one SDK repo?
kapptemplate active Frameworks Released Official SDK Merge utils, scripts, templates as one SDK repo?
kdesdk-thumbnailers active Applications Released Official Thumbnailers, Development
kdesdk-strigi-analyzers active Applications Released Official Strigi-Analyzers, Development
kdesdk-kioslaves active Applications Released Official KIOSlaves, Development
dolphin-plugins active Applications Released Official Dolphin-Plugins, Development
umbrello active Applications Released Official? Development
poxml active Applications Released Official Development
okteta active Applications Released Official Development
localize active Applications Released Official Development
kompare active Applications Released Official Development
kcachegrind active Applications Released Official Development
cervisia inactive? Applications Deprecated? Independent? Development A good Git replacement would be nice
libkomparediff2 active Frameworks? Released Official Development


Maintainer: ?

Status: Almost empty, no real activity? Close module entirely. Do we keep in official release or move to independent release? Or deprecate entirely?

App Status Group Maturity Release Categories Notes
amor Applications Released? Official? Utilities, Games
kteatime Applications Released? Official? Utilities Could replace with a plasmoid or KAlarm?
ktux Applications Released Official? Utilities, Screensavers

Plasma Addons

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