Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Jan 2008 14:41 UTC, submitted by superstoned
KDE "I think it's really necessary to respond to some criticism seen on the reactions to the latest OSnews article. I won't go into the article itself, imho it's rather negative, but hey. From an user's perspective, it makes sense to only review 3 or 4 parts of KDE 4 and complain about them, and ignore all the other brilliant pieces of work in there, right? On to the responses, I found this reaction by dagw to be the most typical. Well. That's painful. So, is he right? Did we make the wrong decision? Let's look at it from a broader perspective for a while. Let's see it in the Grand Scheme of Things to Come."
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RE: This Is Ridiculous
by s-peter on Tue 15th Jan 2008 01:53 UTC in reply to "This Is Ridiculous"
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KDE4 basically has a large bold printed sticker on it that told us all what it is and what it isn't. It let us know in advance that this release is just the introduction of the platform and is not for day to day use.

Unfortunately that sticker can not be found anywhere at the official KDE download page ( ). That fictitious sticker only exists for people following these discussions at OSNews and other sites. Most potential users will never read these. They will hear that there has been a new major release for this free desktop environment, will download whatever is provided and draw their conclusions. And I am fairly sure that the vast majority of users will expect a brand new DE to allow them to resize their taskbars.

Calling the release a 3.9 or a Developer Preview or whatever would have been an obvious way to prevent these users from getting the wrong impression, while giving the opportunity for pro users like you to test and report bugs.

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