Linked by Robert C. Dowdy on Tue 8th Oct 2002 02:36 UTC
Red Hat I know what you're thinking, but don't worry. This article isn't 'Yet Another Red Hat 8.0 Review'. This article is primarily about using Red Hat 8.0 if you happen to be a newbie, but it's also about using Red Hat 8.0 if you happen to be a KDE user. Why? I happen to be a KDE user, so it makes sense I'd focus more on what I know the most about. Plus, I still remember the frustration of staring with something akin to terror at a blank command line with lots of ideas about what I'd like to do and very little knowledge of how to do it.
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You are wrong about KDE
by antiphon on Tue 8th Oct 2002 03:46 UTC

The principle of what you are saying is a true one, however, Redhat's changes to KDE have effectively broken compatibility at certain basic levels within the kdelibs as well as some kdebase apps. You'll notice this if you ever try to report a bug in your KDE apps. Because of Redhat's presumption, the report will not go to the KDE team, but instead to Redhat, where there is not one full-time developer on staff. (Translation: it won't get fixed anytime soon.)

These changes were not even improvements, either. Nor could one really say they were since they were done by people who were never involved w/KDE and had no knowledge of how things ought to be done. It would have been better to have ditched KDE alltogether (RH could have included KDE apps w/out including a corrupted KDE environment.) instead of giving users a messed up version.

The reason you don't see criticism of Lycoris and ELX, etc. is because these companies thought it better to not distribute a hacked GNOME. They also didn't have the arrogance to modify and screw up critical system libraries like Redhat has done.

You think the KDE advocates are only making these complaints because we don't like RH's aesthetics, wrong.