I am quite sad to announce that I am discontinuing Adept development for good. Since Kubuntu will be changing its default manager to KPackageKit (I wish everyone involved good luck), I have no further motivation to work on Adept at all. I have mostly done the 3.0 overhaul since Jonathan Riddell is my friend, and I like to make my friends happy. However, since this is no longer a factor, and my time is likely better invested elsewhere, I am giving up altogether.
Of course, if anyone steps up for maintainership, I will happily delegate Adept to them. It is in a relatively good shape these days, I hope. I will keep the source (darcs) repositories around as long as reasonably possible. If you are interested in taking over, even despite the Adept userbase declining sharply in near future, please drop me a mail. With Adept goes also libept, a more general-purpose library for working with APT. I will be around when people need me to fix it, but won’t add anything on my own. I am not even sure what is Enrico’s status on libept, but probably just consider libept as good as orphaned, too.
On a more personal note, this closes a long (very long) chapter in my free software life. I’d like to thank everyone involved with it, there have been many of you. Moreover, this apparently cuts the few remaining ties I had to KDE development community… I will miss you.
…well, maybe one of those days…
UPDATE: No, this does not mean I am no longer friends with Jonathan. I don’t know why, but already two people managed to read it that way. To put it in hopefully less ambiguous words: The fact that Jonathan is my friend is no longer a factor just because he does not need Adept anymore. … Hope that helps.