Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Jun 2008 08:14 UTC
Gnome The KDE project saw the writing on the wall. They saw that they had reached a certain limit when it came to what could be done with the KDE 3.x series - they named it the "big friggin' wall", and decided that in order to get over that wall, incremental updates wouldn't do - they needed massive changes, a big jump, and they went for it. It's been a rough road, but it seems as if KDE 4.1 is showing signs of the vision becoming a reality. And it now seems as if several people within the GNOME community are seeing the writing on the wall too: GNOME 2.x has reached its goal - now what?
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RE[4]: How to revolutionise?
by theorz on Wed 11th Jun 2008 19:49 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: How to revolutionise?"
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The same reason Apple released Mac OS X 10.0 and 10.1 even though they were rough around the edges and not nearly feature complete.

In order for a new platform to be usable it needs to have applications and 3rd party support. One strategy to get developers to start using your platform is to have an early release. Is it the right way to do things, I do not know. But if you look at how Mac OS X progressed we can at least see that it is possible to be successful with it.

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