Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Nov 2009 13:20 UTC, submitted by SReilly
Gnome As most of you will know, the GNOME team is hard at work on GNOME 3.0, the first major overhaul of the platform since 2002. The release of GNOME 3.0 was originally planned for March 2010, but it has now been pushed back for six months to September 2010.
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RE[5]: Comment by lithium
by CapEnt on Wed 11th Nov 2009 16:19 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by lithium"
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Nay, i don't think that the project managers resorted to deception at all.

KDE has a long history of their "0" releases being rather crappy. Just remember the 3.0 release. The 4.0 project was a huge rewrite, with lots of old things being scrapped, the developers has been clearly overloaded (some people even began to question the usefulness of the new architecture, asking simple to port KDE3 to QT4).

The KDE project ended up with the following rationale: "our current developers cannot extend or test it any further, and people are loosing the interest, we should release". So it got released on a "as is" basis.

And a developer preview wouldn't have given them that?

No, most binary distros avoid packing RCs and developers previews. The KDE folks wanted that developers who does not care that much for KDE project to compile it all by himself (or search for alternative repositories), to have a taste of their new architecture. Most distros out there knew that KDE4.0 has not really for end users, so they packed it as optional.

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