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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re: kde baselibs & 'microsoft of linux'
by unween on Tue 8th Oct 2002 16:23 UTC


first off: great article! i'm an avid gnome user for a few simple reasons (i'll list them below, less important), but your info on kde is highly interesting nevertheless.

next: i wouldn't have been able to sum up my views on the redhat/kde issue in a better way. great to know that people with my opinion are able to voice it eloquently!

there are however two small comments i'd like to contribute. if i repeat earlier posts... well, i didn't read all of them, and i don't mind if this post serves as an affirmation of others.

first comment: if indeed the kde baselibs have been modified in a way to impair compatibility with some kde apps that would not be a good thing. while being perfectly allright in terms of licensing issues, reducing functionality is not in the interest of the kde community (developers and users) and may be criticized. then again, in the light of what rob wrote about redhat being primarily a support company, i would assume this reduction of usability should be seen as a bug that needs to be fixed - simply because it will not in the end help redhat reduce support efforts/cost.

second comment: i understand the 'microsoft of linux' kind of argument from a certain perspective. provided you're the kind of user that uses a gnu/linux distribution as a desktop system (only or primarily), and your choice is indeed redhat, the chances that you will not veer away from redhat simply because they've broken kde are rather high. in that light, redhat can easily exert a certain kind of dominance - which can easily be counterd, but only if more active people do so. i suppose the fear is that people will go along with redhat's changes because redhat's big and people are lazy. if that's your fear i'll have to say: it'd be in _your_ (the reader's) hands to do something about that.

that's it. now continue your arguing/discussing/commenting/flaming. ;)