Ktorrent Status/Replacement

Valorie Zimmerman valorie.zimmerman at gmail.com
Wed Nov 19 10:28:08 UTC 2014

On Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 1:46 PM, Rick.Timmis <Rick.Timmis at abazander.com> wrote:
> Valorie Zimmerman <valorie.zimmerman at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 5:37 AM, Scott Kitterman <ubuntu at kitterman.com>
> wrote:
>> Ktorrent is the current default torrent client that we provide in Kubuntu.
>> Now that we've transitioned to Plasma 5, it's no longer
>> buildable/installable
>> in "Vivid".
>> The upstream web site is down: http://ktorrent.org/
>> I looked in KDE git and there's no sign of a KF5/Plasma 5 port:
>> https://projects.kde.org/projects/extragear/network/ktorrent/repository
>> My conclusion is that ktorrent isn't an option for Vivid, so we either
>> need to
>> stop shipping a torrent client or pick a different one.  Since torrent is
>> one
>> of the major distribution mechanisms for Kubuntu images, I think we should
>> continue to recommend a torrent client in Kubuntu Desktop.
>> I took a look at the currently packaged alternatives and qbittorrent seems
>> like the obvious choice.  It's Qt based and is actively maintained in
>> Debian
>> and upstream.
>> Anyone have other suggestions?
>> I'll probably go ahead and make this change shortly.  We can always switch
>> to
>> something else if we conclude there's a better option.  Ktorrent being
>> seeded
>> is one of the reasons the LiveFS builds are currently failing.
>> Scott K
> I hope we can continue to ship Ktorrent. It is currently in queue to
> be "gardened" so some of the major bugs will be fixed, and a new
> release. Unfortunately, that doesn't get it ported. But at that point
> perhaps it will be in a state where a maintainer will step up.
> I know this is a time of transition, and we might have to shuffle
> things up a bit. Currently, Ktorrent is working just fine for me in
> Plasma 5 on Utopic. I seed all the *buntu torrents.
> Valorie
> I am of the same mind as Valorie on this, I might even play with the idea of
> becoming a maintainer of Ktorrent.
> But I'd prefer to keep it
> Rick Timmis

Weeeeeeee! Please join up with the Gardening team and help them out
with their cleanup of Ktorrent.


I'm a bit confused because on the list they said that Ktorrent was the
next project, but on the wiki page it is Krecipes. In any case, they
will get to it soon, and I know that they would love your help!

I promise to pitch in when it comes to documentation. :-)


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