Fifteen years of KDE
Posted Nov 2, 2011 0:51 UTC (Wed) by anselm
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The X.509 support was there and working well in KDE 3.5. If it was possible to port the rest of Konqueror over to KDE 4 it ought to have been possible to port that part, too.
As far as »scratch your own itch« is concerned, no. This is »platform vs. playground« again. If you want to be taken seriously as a reliable platform for others to use, removing perfectly-working features just because nobody within the project can be bothered to maintain them is a big no-no. That this happens all the time in KDE is a sign that KDE is basically a project whose purpose is keeping hobbyist programmers within the project amused, rather than creating a basis for serious work by people outside the project. Which is fine in itself, of course, but then trying to pass KDE off as something that others can rely on is not. Most other free-software projects manage to avoid feature regressions of this type, so why not KDE?
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