No more KBugBuster

Yesterday, I moved KBugBuster from trunk/KDE/kdesdk to tags/unmaintained/4. For those unfamiliar with it, it is/was a frontend to KDE's Bugzilla, so that you could interact with it without a web browser.

Unfortunately, KBugBuster had not seen any bug fix or feature commit in several years, and did not work at all -- the URLs it used to communicate with KDE's Bugzilla were wrong to start with.

Personally, I find the idea of non-browser frontends to our bug tracking system very interesting (I seem to belong to the shrinking group of people who prefer non-web-based alternatives whenever they exist, even when we are talking about something as non-fancy-web2.0-blingy thing as Bugzilla :) ).

Some time ago, Harald blogged about Deskzilla, a Java-based Bugzilla GUI. Even though they have granted a site-wide license for us to use with our Bugzilla installation, Deskzilla is proprietary software and the fact that it is Java-based does make it feel like it is not properly integrated with the rest of my desktop.

I also remember some people worked on a KBugBuster rewrite in Python some years ago, but it has never left our playground, which means it is still very preliminar work.

So until someone steps up to maintain KBugBuster, it will not be present in KDE SC 4.6.0 or in any further release.


Nobody needs unmaintained software in new SC releases. If it still works, one can still install the package from older SC releases. Now please move the other unmaintained applications as well, for example KFloppy, blinken, etc.

By kamikazow at Mon, 11/08/2010 - 11:33

Don't know what you talking about but Blinken is perfectly maintained, so please stop spreading FUD.

By tsdgeos at Mon, 11/08/2010 - 15:15

Except that for us packagers, it's a PITA to have to collect software from random versions of KDE (and matching translations, too). So I have to disagree heavily with you: Please DO NOT REMOVE software that still works! (On the other hand, there's little point in keeping software which doesn't work, as appears to be the case for KBugBuster, sadly.)

By Kevin Kofler at Sat, 11/13/2010 - 03:30