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KDE PIM 4.6 QA call

Introduction

KDE SIG is considering the future of KDE PIM applications in our spin. As you probably know - KDE upstream is working on the new KMail 2 based on the Akonadi technology. Unfortunately there's really big delay (4.5 was skipped completely) and as we care about your emails and we understand it's crucial part of desktop environment and your (our) workflow - we are not sure it's in the state we can ship it. On the other hand - upstream is probably going to abandon completely the 4.4 series and the state of KAddressBook there is not good. But before reverting to this old version, we'd like to be sure it's a good idea and new KDE PIM is really not usable for you, our users :)

Schedule

We are going to make 2 go/no-go decisions for kdepim 4.6 1.

  • Is it testable by Feb 8 (feature freeze)?
  • Do the tests look good by 100% complete deadline (March 22)

Otherwise we're going to bump epoch and revert back to old KDE PIM 4.4 series.

How to test

Install latest kdepim package (if you are running Rawhide, you are probably running the latest one) from kde-unstable repository.

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If you don't know how to use kde-unstable repository, don't try it. It can EAT your email. So make a backup!!!

Then try:

  • convert your old mails to the new Akonadi (automatically, just run KMail)
  • try from the scratch
  • try different accounts - IMAP, POP3...

Results

User kdepim version Result Accounts Comments
jreznik kdepim-4.5.94.1-1.fc15.x86_64 FAIL 1 IMAP, cca 1GB+ Error message: "KMail encountered a fatal error and will terminate now. The error was: Failed to fetch the resouce collection.", Akonadi hogs CPU, otherwise it works somehow
mhlavink kdepim-4.5.94.1-1.fc14.x86_64 NOT PASS 2 IMAP, 5x POP3, cca 2GB+ Not fresh install/import. Overall slow. Mail checking takes much much longer than with kdepim4.4 (I have over 30 imap folders.) During mail checking response is so slow it's not possible to use kmail (30+ s before selected mail opens). Checking email takes so much resources it can't be unnoticed. When I want to play some game/watch movie I have to stop akonadi. Not sure if following would applicable to fresh 4.5.94 (re)import: I get some error messages time to time. For example that duplicate message exists and which one I want to use. When some problem with connection/mail server happens it always shows error message that password is invalid, which is not true (I did not have imap server outtage for last month, so I don't know if this wrong error applies to 4.5.94 too).
rnovacek kdepim-4.5.94.1-1.fc14.x86_64 ALMOST GOOD 2 disconnected IMAP, cca 1.5GB System was quite usable during fresh import, takes about 2 hours. Memory consumption was raising (up to ~1.5GB, mostly kmail + akonadi_nepomuk), after restart still about 600MB. Reading messages is quite fast (IMHO a little bit slower than old kmail).

To check kdepim version, run "rpm -q kdepim" and copy/paste the output.