Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd Dec 2006 17:45 UTC
X11, Window Managers Apparently, my article a few days ago caused a bigger stir than I had anticipated, not at all unrelated to the fact that my wordings may not have been optimal. So, let me clarify things a bit.
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Version numbers
by tux68 on Sat 23rd Dec 2006 18:54 UTC
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Another often heard complaint about the article was that I supposedly only cared about version numbers, and that open source software does not use version numbers for marketing purposes. This is an irrelevant complaint, as I only used the 'GNOME 3' and 'KDE 4' designations ...

But by focusing on _next_ generations you completely ignored what's going on in the current generation. You failed to take stock of where the open source desktops are today.

Instead you insisted that the lack of a new version on the horizon _meant something_. You drew the conclusion that a lack of new major version number (3.0/4.0) was a _problem_. By focusing on the next generation you failed to show that specific features were lacking today. Instead you concentrated on imaginary process problems and supposed stagnation.

Which is a shame.

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