Calligra Stage 3 Alpha: next pure Qt5/KF5 one

Earlier this week we could report that Calligra Words 3 has joined the club of pure Qt5/KF5 apps, now we can say the same about Calligra Stage 3 Alpha:

Calligra Stage 3 Alpha without KDELibs4Support library

As with Words and the other Calligra apps, Stage of course has seen a few regressions due to the porting, which will be need to be ironed out in the next phase, together with the existing old bugs. Where you are invited to join our efforts!

And quite some code still left which depends on the util KDELibs4Support library (47 matches in all Calligra CMakeLists.txt files). So expect some more success reports about porting away from it πŸ˜‰

In other pure-ness news, we made a decision that was hard to do, but which seems most pragmatic and which has now also reached a milestone: Krita has been split off into a git repository of its own, on its way to become a project pure on its own, outside Calligra.
git clone git://anongit.kde.org/krita
is how you can get Krita code now. The “master” branch of Calligra contains no more Krita code since a few days already. The current 2.9 version will still be maintained and released from the Calligra repo as part of Calligra 2.9, only Krita 3.0 will be the first on its own, and Calligra 3.0 the first without Krita.

This was not done lightheartedly, after all the years in which Krita and the other Calligra apps have been developed together, sharing the same libraries and many plugins and gaining a lot by the resulting synergy. Now with the success of Krita many new developers have joined its development, which is great by itself. Just, most of them are interested in a painting app, but less or not in the other Calligra apps or the abstract middleware for document-content apps, as there is with the Calligra libs. Also with more developers now hacking on Krita only than the rest of Calligra together, enhancing the Calligra libs together was often not possible due to missing time by the other app maintainers, which resulted in more and more Krita-side-only additions to the shared libs. Which made things a lot more complicated for everyone, outweighing any synergy.

All the libs and plugins shared so far have been forked by Krita and are being reduced now to the max. We already made sure Krita 3 and Calligra 3 apps can be nicely co-installed without clashes. We could also see a last synergy: all the Qt5/KF5 porting work on the shared code was done when it was still shared πŸ™‚
Will be a hard time for developers working on both projects in the beginning due to a lot of code being similar, but no longer the same, but we will manage.

For me this means also that a feature I had on my TODO list will be harder to achieve, with all the brush-engine code from Krita no longer inside the Calligra repo: supporting sketching and scribbling in all kind of documents by pen input, using the great brushes from Krita for better looking strokes etc. But well, I first have to get to this entry in my long TODO list anyway before I think more about it πŸ˜‰

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