The Debian-KDE specific things II

I wrote a bit ago a blog post about what debian kde is missing of distribution specific things

Some of the more important things includes:

  • A Qt based debian installer
  • Tools to manage 3rd party modules and firmware and such
  • Debconf frontend that fits in
  • Report bug interface

Installer
I don’t think it is the most important thing. Wether or not the graphical installer is using gtk or qt is not that important. I would love to see it happen, but it is not something I feel like putting my time in. Others are most welcome.
It will give the advantage of giving the installer the possibility to use the framebuffer directly.

Modules and firmwares and such
Someone is saying that ubuntu has something called jockey that does this exact thing, with a KDE and a Gnome frontend. Unfortunately, it is python, so it is something I will really avoid. I’m hoping that me mentioning it here will make someone into python&debian pick it up and bring it to debian.
It is apparantly some nice magic around discover-data.

Debconf frontend that fits
A lot of work has been put into proper perl-qt bindings and they will hopefully be ready for kde4.5, which is unfortunately a series too late for Squeeze :/. But when that has happened, we just need some perl guy to adapt the old frontend to debconf.

Reportbug interface
There is already a tool called reportbug-ng that is a qt interface to reporting bugs.

All in all, it looks like we are quite far already. We just need to get the last bits put together. Someone: pickup jockey.

And note that the comment field isn’t a place to report bugs. They will be removed.

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3 comments on “The Debian-KDE specific things II
  1. Yes, jockey will come sometime. But I couldn’t do anything due to the python-kde4 breakage. I’ll take a look at it again soon.

  2. LeSpocky says:

    A lot of work has been put into proper perl-qt bindings and they will hopefully be ready for kde4.5

    Could you please drop a link to a development website or a hint where the current development of these Perl Qt bindings takes place? All I could find on the internet was more than 5 years old and still for Qt 3. I couldn’t find anything new on the Qt pages of Nokia nor on CPAN. :-(

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