One of the powers of FLOSS is that if an author/maintainer has no more time or no more interest in some program that program does not vanish with the author’s/maintainer’s change of focus. It’s development/maintenance is just put on hold. Until someone else takes the sources and gets things back into rolling.
And now let’s see how short the time of “put on hold” has to get for KCalc. David Johnson, who has been giving his care for it since more than a year, making it one of the good KDE4 programs, now had to write to the kde-utils-devel mailinglist:
Real life has been intruding into my KDE time. While I still plan to help out KDE, I doubt I will be able to adequately support kcalc. So I’m putting out a call for a maintainer.
This isn’t urgent, but if you or someone you know may be interested, please contact me.
Contact is done with an email to david at usermode org. I hope we soon can welcome someone new to the little team of developers in the module kdeutils, do not forget to join our mailing list and say “Hi!”.
If you like some inspiration: One interesting challenge might be to factor out the calculation engine and share it with the calculator plasmoid. And an option for a prompt history display would be great to have, too.
Currently it is even possible for you to do new features for 4.3 with the Soft Feature Freeze yet coming at Thursday, April 16th. So think about, if KCalc could become your program for some time 🙂