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Debian: Call for help from KDE Team

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For quite a while now the KDE team has been severely understaffed. We maintain
a lot of packages, with many different kinds of bugs, but we don’t have enough
people to do all the work that needs to be done. We have tools that help us
automate the update to new upstream releases, but that’s just the tip of the
iceberg of our work and so we are writing to invite more people to get
involved in the team and help us get KDE software in Debian into better shape.

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free desktop environments

I think it is a matter of interest. open source software doesn't lack developers. It lacks interest in working on projects.
Take a look at gnome2. gnome-panel was hardly being developed and people thought gnome project lacked developers. Then gnome-shell was being heavily developed and there were lots of contributions.
Maybe more distributions should contribute upstream.

Desktop environments development

If desktop environments development was to remain stagnant, that would be quite fine because the environments often get in the way of programs (or games). But I guess that what's troubling is applications that stay with old versions of GTK and Qt, or won't patch bugs. I think it's becoming a real problem for both KDE and GNOME, but there are usually new programs arriving to replace stagnant ones (e.g. Konqueror, Thunderbird).

With or without heavy development, GNU/Linux environments are still leading in terms of functionality. For applications, Android is advancing fast.

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