Linked by David Adams on Wed 10th Sep 2008 15:43 UTC, submitted by Michael Larabel
X11, Window Managers It has been one year and four days since X.Org 7.3 was released and a number of months since X.Org 7.4 was supposed to be released, but today X.Org 7.4 is scheduled to finally make it out the door! This release is shipping quite late and with a slimmed down set of features, but in this article we have more details on what this release holds in store for the Linux desktop community and why it may be a short-lived release.
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This is where I step in to give my opinion, no matter if anyone is interested in hearing it or not.

X releases have been problematic forever and someone has to get it straightened out. Projects like GNOME don't seem to have these kinds of problems. GNOME generally has a roadmap that they follow very closely. If something isn't finished in time they postpone the release, but it is never for very long because they haven't promised more than they can deliver.

Indeed. Both GNOME and KDE are HUGE projects consisting of dozens of different packages but both projects are always on schedule and both seem to only promise what they know they can accomplish. But they have a different mindset from the beginning: promise what you know that can be kept, and don't start working on new features before the old ones are implemented. X developers seemingly rather start working on new features, discarding the promised ones, and delivering neither.

I am not saying they don't do good job. I couldn't do even nearly as good. But they need a roadmap and they need to stick to it. Jumping all over the place creates mess like this we've just got in our hands...

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