Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 13th Jan 2008 20:09 UTC
KDE KDE 4.0.0 has been released on January 11th, after a number of delays; the months preceding the release, the KDE developers tried very hard to downplay expectations. KDE 4.0.0 was just the first release in the KDE 4 series, and such, should not be seen as the best possible representation of the KDE 4.0.0 vision. So, when I installed KDE 4.0.0 on my Ubuntu Gutsy installation last Friday, I knew what to expect: KDE 4 Developer Release 1 (yes, I am a BeOS guy - how did you know?). Read on for a few quick first impressions.
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RE[2]: Comment by OSGuy
by dagw on Mon 14th Jan 2008 11:25 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by OSGuy"
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Release early, get user feedback, develop further, release often. It is called "collaboration". "Community-developed". The good bits get kept, the bad bits dropped or just fixed. Almost "software evolution", if you will.

I think you'll find that no one is complaining about the development method, not even the person you're replying to. On the whole this seems like the wrong forum for lecturing on the basics of Open Source, since even if everybody here doesn't agree with it they certainly know about it. The problem is partially in the naming and partially in the response from the dev team.

The KDE team obviously shot themselves in the foot with calling it 4.0. I'm sure they had a reason for not calling it Beta or Developer release, but whatever the reason it was a bad one. Especially since every complaint is met with a response of "well what did you expect, it's a Beta software". No matter which way I look at it, the KDE team screwed up this release, and it would probably be in their best interest to admit it and just flat out say, we jumped the gun.

That being said I'm in no way criticising the underlying technology. I've looked at the new framework and libraries, and they look pretty damn amazing.

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