Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 11th Jan 2010 08:10 UTC
Multimedia, AV I followed the hype: Reddit, Slashdot's front page, months of thumbs up on my blog and various video forums by Linux users for OpenShot. Given that I'm longing for a usable Linux video editor since 2003, and given that OpenShot version 1.0 had just been released, I naturally gave it a go, by also downloading its provided dependencies on my Ubuntu Linux 9.10.
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RE: it was right to dub it 1.0
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 11th Jan 2010 10:31 UTC in reply to "it was right to dub it 1.0"
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This is wrong. Very, very wrong.

I recall a time when open source developers - rightfully so - pointed out that proprietary software vendors abused version numbers to push new versions of their software down people's throats. Higher = teh bettr.

Recently, it seems like open source developers have started doing the same thing: a project to 1.x status waaaaay before it's ready, with a lame excuse such as "hey, this way we get attention". KDE is of course the biggest offender.

This is not how it's done, and heck, it's not even needed. Check Boxee - an open source project based on XBMC. They've been in alpha for a long time, and yet, they had no shortage of users, and no problem getting attention. They released a beta a few days ago, and lots of major sites reported on it.

These version number shenanigans just lead to situations like this: harsh reviews that will turn people off the project. It happened to KDE, and it will happen to this project too.

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