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KDE in 2009

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We accomplished a lot in the last year, both as a community as well as personally. I'll leave the personal events, positive and difficult, to those who were involved, but try and cover some of the highlights of what we did together.

Fundamentals

All of 2007 (and part of 2006) were a fairly big departure for the project in terms of what our day-to-day consisted of. Since the 2.0 release, we'd been involved in incrementally improving a code base where the design was more or less in place. We made regular releases with pre-announced schedules that were usually nine months in length or so. Even the 3.0 release, where we broke binary compatibility (along with Qt 3) and added a few things to the libraries, was pretty tame. These fundamentals of releasing regularly and incremental improvement were put aside in order to do the massive porting to Qt 4 and to make some significant (both in terms of scope and importance) changes to the code base. 2008 was rocked by transitioning from those heady days of "blue sky" development back to the fundamentals.

That was one of the stand-out events for me in 2009 with regards to KDE: we made releases, we published schedules and the code improved massively from release to release.

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