Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th May 2010 19:23 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes There's one complaint we here at OSNews get thrown in our faces quite often: what's up with the lack of, you know, operating system news on OSNews? Why so much mobile phone news? Why so much talk of H264, HTML5, and Flash? Where's the juicy news on tomorrow's operating systems? Since it's weekend, I might as well explain why things are the way they are. Hint: it has nothing to do with a lack of willingness.
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The KDE guys spent years and years creating this amazing platform called KDE4, but since they lack any form of end-user imagination, couldn't do anything with it other than recreate KDE 3.5, only with less features and higher hardware requirements.

This is absolutely ridiculous. On the contrary, when KDE4 first started, most people (including myself) criticized it because it was a rewrite of something which worked well, KDE 3.5, instead of an evolution. KDE4 has almost nothing to do with KDE 3.5.

KDE4 brings a large amount of new stuff. Not only new features, but new concepts too. A couple of examples: an innovative data storage backend (Akonadi) or the concept of a semantic desktop (Nepomuk), which is something many people are researching in universities, and KDE4 implemented (maybe for the first time? Can't confirm this).

I think when someone knows nothing (or not much) about something, it's better for him to do some research before talking.

By the way, all this if we want to include KDE (or other desktop environments) in the "OS" arena...
I wouldn't do that, but if you do, I don't see why not include Android, WebOS, Moblin (now MeeGo) and others. Those devices (hence those operating environments) are changing the way we use the Internet, there's a lot of research (and, unfortunately, patents) going on there, and you still see nothing happening...

Since I'm not a OS enthusiast per se, I'm sure to miss a lot of other interesting stuff going on in the OS world.


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