Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Aug 2009 10:43 UTC
SuSE, openSUSE SUSE Linux used to be a very KDE-centric distribution. Then Novell came around, bought SUSE and Ximian, and slowely but surely they turned the now-openSUSE distribution into effectively a GNOME-centric distribution with KDE as its sidekick. The openSUSE community, however, doesn't appear to be particularly happy with KDE being a sidekick.
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KugelKurt
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2005-07-06

Well, you may disagree but I really meant that total distributor resources seem to have reduced. There are smaller distros providing a good KDE experience, which is good, it's just a shame that the really big financial backers of the project seem to have switched resources to GNOME to a greater or lesser extent.

When Novell acquired SUSE and Ximian, no resources were shifted away from KDE towards GNOME.
The current GNOME team is mostly the same as the old Ximian team -- located in the USA.
The KDE team is basically the same as the old SUSE desktop team -- located in Germany and the Czech Republic.
When Novell laid off personnel a few months ago, I think the GNOME team was even hit harder than the KDE team. If I'm right, from the KDE team only Stephan Binner had to go, while from the GNOME team Hubert Figure and another one were affected (my info could be wrong, I might add).

Red Hat never really supported KDE. AFAIK they employ one person that makes sure the packages make it into Fedora, but that's about it.

I have no idea what the current amount of Mandriva contributions is. I know that one Mandiva guy works on Kopete. Due economic pressure on the company, Mandriva may have shifted some KDE resources to GNOME in order to have a wider audience.

Canonical may have quite a lot mindshare with Ubuntu, but their actual contributions are not that big. It improved in the last few months, though. GNOME AFAIK has an advantage in man power there.

That however should be compensated by Pardus' and PC-BSD's KDE devs.

What you are forgetting is Nokia. Nokia started to be a GNOME contributor with Maemo. Then Nokia bought Trolltech and more and more resources were shifted towards Qt development which peaked in the announcement to switch Maemo to Qt. That in turn helps KDE.

Overall both KDE's and GNOME's developer base is increasing steadily. Both communities are in extremely good shape

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