Kubuntu Updates Policy

Scott Kitterman ubuntu at kitterman.com
Tue Sep 29 14:45:00 BST 2009

On Tue, 29 Sep 2009 14:17:51 +0200 Sebastian Kügler <sebas at kde.org> wrote:
>On Friday 25 September 2009 16:45:28 Scott Kitterman wrote:
>> In Jaunty, we got a bit cross-threaded between Qt and KDE
>>  expectations.  Qt  expected Qt 4.5/KDE 4.2 and KDE expected Qt 4.4/KDE
>>  4.2.  As a result, we have some minor regressions that are not supported
>>  by upstream.  Currently updates are limited to PPAs.

Update: I did push 4.2.4 to jaunty-backports.  I also added the post-release security patchesa, the Yahoo IM compatibility patch, and the Kmail DIMAP lost directory patch from jaunty-security/updates/proposed.  I strongly recommend anyone running the PPA versions to updgrade.

One side benefit of this is that upgrades from Jaunty with Backports enabled is supported, whereas upgrades from a PPA are not, so if anyone has upgrade problems, it's a valid bug (I did upgrade last night from backports without any 4.2.4 related issues).

>Here, KDE screwed up, it's also the reason why we're pushing for Qt 4.6 inside KDE 
>already. It's what distros such as Kubuntu will ship.
>> We know that KDE 4.4 will be developed with Qt 4.6.  These will be our 
>> targets for 10.04.
>Otherwise, I like the idea of shipping 3rd digit releases as updates.

Me too.  This will require discipline from upstream as well.  I noticed that 4.2.4 picked up some Universe dependencies (not sure if it was .3 or .4).  If I had been targeting -updates instead of -backports this would have been a problem (I did not check how essential these were either).

Scott K

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