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Possible GSOC ideas

Although I will not be able to mentor, I have come up with a few
possible ideas for GSOC fitting with this year's "polish existing
things" theme. They may or may not be appropriate or even desirable,
so feel free to ignore any or all of them:

1. Polish GHNS handling. This would involve three parts, which could
be one project, two projects, or three projects depending on the
complexity. First, it would be to support downloading multiple files
from a single GHNS project.

Bugs for unmaintained applications

There seem to be open bugs for applications that appear to be
unmaintained for a very long time (most since KDE 3 days or have been
replaced by newer applications):

kerry
kandy
Kwifimanager
KSokoban
kbfx
systemsettings-kde3
Khalkhi
kpdf
ktip
metabar
ksayit
kdetv
kiconedit
kugar
dcop
krecord
lanbrowsing
noatun
kjsembed
kghostview
kcontrol
kpackagekit

So are these applications unmaintained, and if so should the bugs for
these be closed as unmaintained?

I guess, as a more general question, should bugs for all applications
that were never ported to KDE 4 be closed as unmaintained?

dbus-python and gnome

I am not sure the best mailing list for this, but it seems of general
importance so I am sending it here.

A little background:

If you use python, you are probably aware that there is currently a
big push underway to switch from pythong 2 to python 3. Most major
distributions will probably be switching within the next couple of
releases. KDE's python bindings and pyqt4 have supported python 3 for
a while, I believe.

However, a big piece is missing for desktop users: the dbus python
bindings currently only support python 2.

Wayland screen locking and KDE

There is a discussion going on about how Wayland will be handling
screen locking:

<a href="http://lists.freedesktop.org/archives/wayland-devel/2011-April/000874.html" title="http://lists.freedesktop.org/archives/wayland-devel/2011-April/000874.html">http://lists.freedesktop.org/archives/wayland-devel/2011-April/000874.html</a>

However, from the discussion, I am a little concerned how this would
work with, for instance, plasmoids on the screensaver. I don't know
the technical details about either Wayland or the plasma screensaver,
but just in case there really are such conflicts I thought I should
bring it to your attention.

Problematic GHNS implementations

I know this is not the proper place to be discussing bugs, but I am
seeing a worrying pattern of problems with GHNS since KDE 4.5. As far
as I can tell, there are at least 4 GHNS implementations that are
currently broken. The plasmoid GHNS system does not remember the
plasmoids you installed after a reboot, so the list of installed
widgets always remains empty. Both the plasma theme and window
decoration theme do not remember updates, so if you apply an update,
close the GHNS dialog, then open it again the updates are still
listed.