Michał (the lead K3b developer) is busy preparing K3b 2.0 for release. However we have some rough plans how to proceed after that release. I’d like to share them with you.
Keep in mind that Michał is currently pretty much the only developer (I’m just a translator who occasionally lends a hand on janitorial work if within my capabilities), so in the end it depends on the amount of time and work he can put into K3b whether it even happens like this.
- Support of KDE Plasma’s global progress bar and removal of K3b’s own progress OSD.
This is not a crucial feature for 2.0 and according to Michał actually requires a higher amount of work one might think.
- Support for writing Flash Drive images.
With CD drive-less netbooks on the rise and the announcement of KDE’s Plasma Netbook Reference Platform, K3b 2.1 may support USB Flash Drives as target medium. So instead of cryptic
dd if=Plasma-Netbook-Reference.i686-0.1.0-*.raw of=/dev/sdXcommands, hopefully 2.1 will do the same with two mouse clicks.
- Spanning data projects over more than one disk.
Let’s say you’d like to record 7GB of data. Then you’ll be prompted to insert either a Dual Layer DVD or two regular DVDs.
- DVD subtitle grabbing.
Title basically says it all.
- Somewhat fixed release cycle.
Three of the most used Linux distributions (Fedora, Kubuntu, and Mandriva) have a fixed 6-months release cycle with releases every spring and fall. To reduce the amount of incoming bug reports for “old” K3b versions, we hope to release new versions in time before those distributions’ feature freeze. Maybe (only maybe) releases will happen more often than that, but don’t expect a brand new K3b version three weeks after a Fedora/Kubuntu/Mandriva release.
And maybe (again: only maybe) K3b 2.1 will be released along with KDE SC 4.5, because of the already mentioned Netbook Reference Platform that should have its first stable release with SC 4.5.
That’s it for now from K3b. And now I’d like to advertise one of my favorite bands: Van Canto
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