Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Jun 2014 13:44 UTC

This article explores where the KDE community currently stands and where it is going. Frameworks, Plasma, KDE e.V., Qt5, KDE Free Qt Foundation, QtAddons - you heard some of these terms and want to know what all the fuss is about? A set of articles on the Dot aims to bring some clarity in the changes and constants of the KDE community in 2014 and further. This is the first article, diving into the technical side of things: Plasma, applications and libraries.

An update on where KDE stands today.

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RE[2]: It's sad.
by TemporalBeing on Mon 30th Jun 2014 18:39 UTC in reply to "RE: It's sad."
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I never used KDE 3, and switched from Gnome to KDE 4 around the time when Gnome started moving to 3.0. Never regretted it, KDE 4 is great. May be I just didn't see the glory of KDE 3, so I can't compare, but I never understood most of these refugees' complaints about KDE 4.x. Part of the reasons I've heard was rather rough experience in the early KDE 4.0 days, but that is improved since long.

KDE 4.4 or 4.5 was functionally equivalent to KDE 3.5.10 - that is, that was when it really became good to switch over. Prior to that was a little problematic.

The big issue was distros (f.e Ubuntu) forcing users to switch from KDE3 to KDE4 when KDE4 was still in its infancy. KDE made it very well known that KDE 4.0 was being released only so others could start to get familiar with it and build applications on top of it; they did not expect people to use it in place of KDE3 at that point. (I'd say it was really advocated as a full on replacement for KDE3 until about KDE 4.3 or 4.4.)

I switched stuff over when KDE 4.4.3 was released and haven't regretted it. KDE3 was, in terms of UI, aging and I was looking forward to the advances that KDE4 had. I tested earlier versions at different times but didn't commit to every-day-use until the 4.4 releases.

And honestly, current KDE4 is lightyears beyond what KDE3 could do.

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