Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 10th Oct 2004 05:47 UTC, submitted by Andrew
Slackware, Slax This is a message from Patrick Volkerding in regards to his thoughts on Gnome and Slackware. It was originally posted on the Dropline Gnome Forum. Editor's note: Pat has made similar comments to me as well regarding Gnome's bugs and maintainance problems.
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It usually takes about a month for a new Gnome release to be marked x86 stable in portage, while new KDE releases usually roll out in stable within a week, if not two.

For the most part, the KDE ebuilds have not changed all that much over the past few years with only new dependencies and USE flags being added here and there. The only major exception to this is the overhaul of the kde-i1n packages done to drastically simplify the update process of the i18n packages.

"I built both GNOME and KDE from source and you can't honestly tell me that KDE is much easier, they both are challenging. He is a liar and just prefers KDE."
True, it is challenging to manually build both environments (give the kde eclasses in Gentoo a read if you want to get an idea of how complex kde is to build). BUT, it seems like Patrick's problem isn't so much that they are complex packages to build as is that Gnome's build process changes and becomes more nuanced with each release, requiring more changes to the build systems Patrick has come up with, requiring more time to test out and QA the new release.