- So far we've provided the useflag "semantic-desktop" which in particular controls the nepomuk functionality. Some components of KDE require this functionality unconditionally, and if you try to build without it, bugs and build failures may occur. In addition, by now it is easily and reliably possible to disable e.g. the file indexer at runtime. So, we've decided that starting with KDE 4.11 we will remove the useflag and hard-enable the functionality and the required dependencies in the ebuilds. The changes are being done already in the KDE overlay in the live ebuilds (which build upstream git master and form the templates for the upcoming 4.11 releases).
- After recent experiences the plan to drop kdepim-4.4 is off the table again. We will keep it in the portage tree as alternative version and try to support it until it finally breaks.
- In the meantime we (well, mainly Chris Reffett) have started in the KDE overlay to package Plasma Active, the tablet Plasma workspace environment. Since Gentoo ARM support is already excellent, this may become a highly valuable addition. Unfortunately, it's not really ready yet for the main tree and general use, but packaging work will continue in the overlay- what we need most is testing and bug reporting!
Edit, 13/6/2013: Johu has posted a blog entry on how to disable the semantic desktop functionality at runtime.