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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As a KDE enthusiast, many of the points Thom made in his original article rang true in terms of not having a clear understanding of where KDE is headed, development progress, etc. I'm not intimate with the development process so I tend to visit and Plasma mainly, to get a feel for where things are at. One need only view the user links at to see that there is not a lot of content there.

I don't necessarily believe that KDE needs a major overhaul to "Keep up with the Jones" but it is exciting for me to know what is happening. So in that vein, I had the same feeling that KDE development seemed to be stagnating. Just my ignorance of the status, not a criticism at all. I just didn't understand what was happening and no, I don't think it is up to the developers to keep me apprised! So I am not pointing any fingers here!

Now Thom's article was very pointed and perhaps he purposely made his points strong to drive it home, and so it is that when you critique the passion of others, they are apt to take it personally. However, I didn't see any malice or intent to be personal in Thom's remarks. His apology shows that he is of good character and values his prominent responsibility in this community. I don't know him and I have no reason to defend him other than to say osnews is a great site and I feel it is run and populated mostly by sincere folks of high character sharing common passions.

Despite the ruffled feathers, in the end, this has provided me with a great deal of information on the state and direction of KDE. Do the ends justify the means? Probably not - I'd rather see less infighting and more statement of opinion based on interpretation of the facts. We might not all reach the same conclusions when we stare at data, that's what makes us unique. Its best to forgive and forget when this happens because I think its safe to say we are all in this together and there is no desire to set back the progress of KDE (or Gnome) whatsoever.

Happy Holidays or Merry Xmas and Happy New Year OSNews. I look forward to another great year!

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