Qt 5 / KDE 5: relax :)
After my last blog about a possible future KDE Platform 5 due to Qt 5, it was interesting to watch the number of "Oh no, not another big release that will break the interface we know!" type comments. Let me put all of that to rest:
The Plasma team has no intention, desire or need to start "from scratch" nor engage in a massive redesign of the existing netbook or desktop shells.
One of the goals of Plasma from the start was to design a framework which would enable us to preserve work in the future. I was at the time quite disheartened that the design of kicker was so inflexible that, as good as it was, to make any sort of real changes to it would essentially require a rewrite of the whole thing.
Fast forward to today and we have a robust framework with very few internal assumptions about what a primary user interface looks like. That's why we can use it for a desktop, for a netbook, for a tablet, for application dashboards and all the other projects people are building around it.
Also: Responses to Qt 5