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Quanta 2.0 Press Release

Everyone's favorite web development tool for KDE is returning big time.

Hello to all the Quanta faithful! During recent weeks I've received a lot of emails about Quanta Plus. That's amazing when you consider that we have not released a new version of the GPL'd Quanta since early this year. I have spent a lot of time answering these emails and now is a good time to try to answer a lot at once as well as give those of you pining for a superior GPL'd Quanta some good news that has been long awaited. Here we go. First of all we released the 2.0 version of Quanta Plus GPL'd Wednesday, December 5th. I want to give you a little history, the story of the Quanta split and a look at the present, the future and how you can play a part.

A little history...

First of all some general information. I joined the Quanta project early on, serving as a design consultant. Dmitry and Alex, the the original Quanta developers, became my partners and my friends. They are very skilled programmers. My most useful contributions came in other areas. I played a large part in the design decisions that helped to make Quanta such a productive tool. I also helped my friends/former partners financially as well as sending them hardware and CDs. Now my friends have created the proprietary Quanta Gold and are busily doing the things required of a commercial product. I have been spending as much time as I can learning C++, working on my business interestes and developing new developer relationships. The GPL'd Quanta lives on and I am doing what I can to carry it forward. In fact if anything it appears Quanta will have much more development time in the future than before.

The Quanta split

I have gotten a lot of questions and comments regarding the status of Quanta and about Quanta Gold. There has been a great deal of confusion. Now that Quanta Gold has been released commercially, more people than ever are interested in GPL'd version. I have received as many e-mails about Quanta in the past few weeks as we did in our peak production.

Dmitry and Alex wanted to produce an commercial version of Quanta and retail it through theKompany. I was willing to look into it for them. TheKompany was not interested in the GPL'd KDE version Quanta as they wanted to develop it cross platform, which KDE is not. That was logical as they could not even use it for a demo however I was not interested in a commercial cross platform version of Quanta. I did not want to stay with the rest of the team if it was going in a different direction.

I elected to remain on the GPL'd version of Quanta. Unfortunately this produced some delays with a new release... but at no time did I waiver in my commitment to the GPL'd Quanta Plus. I like having that extra level of control over my development tools. Additinally I am committed to Quanta Plus as a KDE application. I believe that the advantages KDE provides me as a developer and a user can't be beat. Judging from the e-mails that I've received, I am not alone.

For the record I would like to say I have nothing against commercial software and I wish my friends Dmitry and Alex all the success in the world. However this version of Quanta is the one that is compelling to me on so many levels... I decided to redouble my efforts to bring my vision for it into being.

I wanted to release this statement with code (because anything but code is just talk ;) to let all our users know that the GPL'd program continues and I hope this will stem the tide of emails I get regarding the split.

Quanta today

Quanta Plus is not dead! Long live GPL'd software and long live GPL'd Quanta Plus.

Of all the emails I receive, my favorties are from people in far-off lands who can barely afford a computer let alone commercial software. Free software makes sense for having control of your code. Free software can also save large organizations a lot of money too. But to me the impact is most significant where it helps those less fortunate around the world to develop skills that can leverage their lifestyles to high levels as well as enriching them personally by just being able to experience what we take for granted.

About a dozen developers have contacted me in recent months about helping out. Thank you. Let's do it! I have a lot I have to do. I have to update the Quanta site, set up a new developer mail list and answer emails and make patchs for the long awaited 2.0 version. I made am effort to email everyone who expressed an interest in helping. If I missed please email me again. One very exciting development is the addition of András Mantia who is currently living in Finland. András is the author of Kallery. András will be moving back to Romania and we are planning on teaming up with him so that he can be committed to working with us full time. András will be focused on insuring constant development on Quanta, implementing new features and squashing bugs. I will swing back in action overseeing the project and coding when I can. I have a number of web developers in training right now. Each of them has been handed a four CD set of software including a recent Linux distro, many KDE based tools like Quanta, Cervisia, Kfilereplace, Kompare, Kallery, KImageMapEditor, Kaptain and more. These tools plus open source Java tools, GNU compilers, CVS, Apache web servers, PHP and more would literally cost me thousands of dollars per person if I were to offer closed source alternatives. Therefore my company is dedicated to commit a portion of all profits to the open source community. We are looking to do this in a responsible manner and with the understanding that we are open source people making a living on the internet.

The future of Quanta

What can you look forward to with Quanta? First of all we have our new release for KDE 2.2x. This release has been debugged so those people who had problems compiling PR2 should get it immediately. Second it has a lot of little touches including a fix for the file tabs always resetting to the leftmost position when you have lots of files open, lots of fixes in projects, the ability to do file management in the project tree and a lot of small finishing details. Next on the agenda is to add our templating abilities and a few other productivity features to the 2x version. We will be making some other modifications to make Quanta more suitable for production web work. There are a list of features in planning for KDE 3. Those features include the following. Some of these will be KDE 3 only and some will be back ported.

  • WYSIWYG HTML editing with user definable rule sets
  • Parsing of linked documents like CSS and PHP includes for easy CSS drop downs and auto completion
  • DTD recognition for enabling new tagging capabilities
  • Removal of hard coded HTML base (It will plug in like XML or any other tag language) making Quanta more easily adapted to diverse uses as a tag editor
  • Direct data management integration for database design and writing data driven pages
  • Enhanced ability to create dialogs quickly (or on the fly) for user coded functions like object oriented PHP
  • Loadable, savable, sharable toolbars
  • Context sensitive tool bars and project toolbars
  • CVS integration with Cervisia as well as CVS oriented site management tools for use even with sites that don't have CVS capabilities
  • Full use of DCOP scripting and kparts
  • A number of enhancements to facilitate object oriented site design and management

The objective of GPL'd Quanta has not changed. We want to produce the best web development tool in the world for professional web development. Since it runs on the best desktop that's only fitting. It needs to be usable by newbies but it needs to enable seasoned designers to be extremely productive. Also I have to say that I have come to the conclusion that among the most important details for me is that Quanta Plus continue to provide cutting edge features with the freedom of the GPL behind it. Everyone on the internet ought to be able to get the very best tools free. Anyone can in turn play a part in making that tool better for all of us... and that cannot be beat.

You can play a part...

You can play a part in the development of Quanta. It's simple and easy. Even if you are not a talented C++ programmer there are a number of things you can do. For activities you can help with docs, help us provide service to Quanta users with forums and email or help with setting up tagging for new web languages. To support Quanta you can contact us if you want to contribute. I recommend that companies begin thinking along the lines of some degree of open source support, financial or developer contributions, as a part of the cost of doing business. You can also support businesses that support Quanta such as Kitty Hooch catnip toys or Virtual Artisans web design (sorry we have been too busy to finish the new site).

Finally I would like to say a word of thanks to all those in the KDE and Linux community who have said such nice things about us and sent me so many great emails. I have come to realize wealth beyond imagination just in the joy of knowing how many people have been touched by this project. I would like to assure everyone that my commitment is many fold what it was in the past to make Quanta Plus the greatest web development tool on the planet!

Best Regards
Eric Laffoon
Quanta Plus Project Lead

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