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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Controversy is not about look and feel
by Mongre on Tue 8th Oct 2002 16:16 UTC

The article is good except that you are incorrect about one key point. The issue that the KDE group has with RedHat is not that RedHat is making KDE look different, but rather applying incompatible broken patches and not contributing them back to the core KDE team.

The problem stems from RedHat either failing to understand, or ignoring the fact that KDE is amazing customizable without even touching code. They do not need to break the libraries to get their "branding".

The other incorrect assumption that seems to be made is that this is a marketing or management level thing, that is incorrect. This is a developer level thing. What you have is traditional gnome teams making incompatible changes to core KDE libs and trying to hide the controversy they created by blaming marketing for the need to "brand" the desktop.

You made a comment about other major distributors shipping KDE. One thing you did not mention that of them all only RedHat is not submitting their patches to the KDE group.

I am sorry but the fact is your are defending a company who is perhaps for the first time in its history violating the spirit of Open Source. The spirit of cooperation.

Oh and before you go spout off about spirit not being important or ancillary you might well remember why you even have an operating system to review here.

Open source is all about spirit, RedHat would do well to remember that.