Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Sep 2005 10:36 UTC
KDE "As the dust settles from aKademy 2005, the annual KDE conference, it's a good time to take a look at what the KDE developers are working on. Though KDE 3.5 isn't even out yet, developers are already working on KDE 4. Plenty of work has already gone into porting existing code to Qt4, the GUI toolkit upon which KDE is based, and KDE developers are working on projects that could radically change how [KDE] works."
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yes!
by molnarcs on Tue 27th Sep 2005 12:05 UTC
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2005-09-10

I love these guys (and girls) - I think KDE is one of the best organized open source projects. They have excellent toolkits and a very open minded community - I never saw so many WOW! this is soo cool! kinda statemts in other developer blogs. If you read <a href="http://www.planetkde.org/"planetkde, you'll see what I mean: it is clear that kde developers enjoy working with qt tremendously.

[rant]I don't know about GNOME - they appear to me more "elitist" with their HIG and whatnot. Not respecting user opinions like in the case of spatial nautilus for instance. In 9 out of 10 reviews the reviewer begins by turning that off - and still, they are at it. I'm a gimp user, and I love it, but it was a shock when I discovered that I cannot copy & paste a path into their open file dialog. If I have a dir full of pictures, I like to browse it in a file manager (so I can see all the thumbnails), then one click to select the path, another click to paste it, and then select the specific files. I tried to edit an icon, and it took 9 clicks just to open the damn file! What the hell were they thinking when they designed that dialog?[/rant]

I don't see GNOME having a bright future - not because it their way is not a good way. It is not my way - but lately I see more and more politics instead of bright new ideas. See for instance http://osnews.com/comment.php?news_id=11995">this - half of it is about bashing the other DE, instead of focusing on their own stuff. You won't see that from KDE developers (I'm a long time reader of the dot and kdeplanet) - they're focusing on their stuff, and they do it in a more future oriented way. Making code modular, more maintainable, more approachable to new developers. They do trainings, conferences, they consult users/artists and make code in progress approachable (klik) to usability people/artists. In other words, they focus on the whole picture: infrastructure (toolkit), communication (users/artists/usability folks), code development - everything. I don't see that on the part of GNOME.

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