KDE SC 4.4 and KAuth: we made it!
so finally KDE SC 4.4 is out: it’s an amazing release, and I want to congratulate with everyone who helped with it in any way: you rock!
It has been quite an amazing release for me as well: I pushed a rather big framework in kdecore (KAuth) and had to deal with all the difficulties and the time consuming tasks for making it well worth of KDE’s amazing API and code quality: it had been hard, it is not perfect, but I think all of my (and Nicola, Jaroslav, Lukas and Radek’s) efforts have well paid in the end.
Sure, this was not easy: I had to push a critical fix for polkit-1 (which, btw, now works perfectly) one day before release, and I actually sweated quite cold until I was sure that the fix was inside 4.4.0 tarballs
Also, I’d like to thank one person in particular for this release, which is Alexander. He actually helped me a lot in improving KAuth’s buildsystem and polkit-qt’s Find files, and thanks to his patience I can say I learned quite a lot about CMake and I can proudly say that I was undervaluating the power and the importance of a clean and well working buildsystem, so thanks again for that.
It’s not over of course: I already have a masterplan for KAuth (and Shaman, of course) in 4.5, and in the meanwhile, after some people came to me in IRC asking me how to use KAuth, I decided to move my lazy butt, and finally created the KAuth Tutorial series on Techbase! And yes, they include how to integrate KAuth into UI elements and how to create nice privileged KCModules, like the date/time one, in a few lines of code. Read them while they’re hot, starting of course from KAuth basics.
They are quite complete from a content point of view, however they might use proof-reading and corrections, so if you find something weird, help in making them better.
That’s all for now. Oh, maybe I should also mention that