Linked by David Adams on Wed 2nd Jul 2008 16:11 UTC, submitted by elsewhere
KDE "After the recent release KDE 4.1 beta 2 and openSUSE 11 with KDE 4.0.4, some critics have been especially vocal in expressing their displeasure with the KDE 4 user interface paradigms. The debate has grown increasingly caustic as critics and supporters engage in a war of words over the technology. The controversy has escalated to the point where some users are now advocating a fork in order to move forward the old KDE 3.5 UI paradigms. As an observer who has closely studied each new release of KDE 4, I'm convinced that the fork rhetoric is an absurdly unproductive direction for this debate."
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people won't switch to KDE4 until the new interface can do everything the old interface can do

this is provably false by looking at past releases which were not 1:1 feature wise (including feature replacements or removals).

and you're rather overestimating the difference in interface. there are differences, but they are hardly as ghastly as you seem to think.

there's also all those other people who never used kde because of kde3's interface.

i'm fine with providing a classic ui alongside where we're going now, and in fact with some elements that's what we already do (e.g. the application menu).

but hiding the new behind the old is very .. backwards.

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