I was lately thinking that the quantity of extra KDE applications in portage is really low. There are lots of tiny programs that might be of help to users, but for a reason or another they are not in portage.
Some of them can’t be added in portage because they have problems: crashes, security issues, automagic dependencies; others simply because we have not enough man power to handle all of them, although most of them just requires a bump from time to time.
So what I’m doing? Well after adding RSIbreak yesterday, today I’m going to add Katapult 0.3.1.1. I wish to thank Mez for his help 🙂
Unfortunately the main problem is that these applications really needs to be checked and verified to be working with latest versions of KDE, so I can’t just add things I’m not going to use. I’ve added RSIbreak because I’m trying to avoid remaining all the day long at the keyboard never stopping, and Katapult because Mez asked me (and I started using it, and it’s quite interesting 🙂 ), but most of the stuff I won’t use and won’t find its way in portage through me… so you have to find someone else to add them or become a dev yourself 😉
I’m really hoping to be able to improve the KDE experience in Gentoo, as lately it has become a bit of a problem. The 3.5 series is not good enough to get into stable, and the 3.4 has its share of problems right now. Yesterday I added to KWin the patch that solves the problem with systray icons at login moving into the left-top corner of the screen.
Sometimes I wonder what will happen if I take a “normal” job and I have to drop some of the Gentoo stuff I do 😛