Alpha software and 9.10

David Edmundson david at
Tue Sep 29 22:50:37 BST 2009

On Tuesday 29 Sep 2009 20:30:31 Jonathan Thomas wrote:
> Hello,
> It has come to my attention that two pieces of software that we had assumed
> would have stable releases by now have now. We need to decide what the best
> decision would be to handle this situation.
> Kaffiene, which has replaced Dragon Player as the default media player, is
> currently at  1.0 prerelease 1. A second pre-release has been released by
> Kaffeine (and needs sponsorship if a core-dev feels generous) but is still
> very much an alpha. It should be said that there is a not-uncommon startup-
> crasher that Kaffeine currently has[1]. Dragon Player, by contrast, is much
> more stable and has complete KDE support for bug fixes. I cannot advocate
>  the default inclusion of Kaffeine in the state it's currently in.
Hey, I'm one of the Dragon Player devs, and did a big pile of bug fixes just 
after KDE 4.1 was released. Then some guy called R Costa fixed up a tonne more 
just before KDE 4.2. The main point I'm getting at is that it is a lot lot 
more stable than at KDE4.1 (Jaunty) when the decision was probably made. I 
suggest anyone having an opinion to check again before making a judgement.

Giving a balanced argument, Dragon does suffer from not really having any 
active developers. Ian the leader seems to have been taken over with his 
Amarok roles, and I haven't done anything for ages because there aren't any 
new features being allowed in Dragon Player and most the outstanding bugs I 
haven't been able to reproduce.

David Edmundson


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