Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Dec 2006 11:38 UTC
X11, Window Managers In 2002, both KDE and GNOME released their last major revisions; KDE released KDE 3.0 on 3rd April, while GNOME followed shortly after with GNOME 2.0 on 27th June. For the Linux desktop, therefore, 2002 was an important year. Since then, we have continiously been fed point releases which added bits of functionaility and speed improvements, but no major revision has yet seen the light of day. What's going on?
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Version numbers don't matter
by tux68 on Thu 21st Dec 2006 12:02 UTC
tux68
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2006-10-24

Just because other O/S's increment their version numbers more often does not mean that they've somehow cornered the market on major improvements. Look at the Linux kernel, still at version 2.6.. it could just as easily be justifiably at version 12+ if a marketing department controlled the version number scheme.

Major things are going on behind the scene in the Linux desktop world, look at the offerings from freedesktop.org for instance. You could write many full articles on things that have advanced in the Linux desktop, spending more than a paragraph worrying about releasse 3.0 or 4.0 is a waste of time.

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RE: Version numbers don't matter
by libray on Thu 21st Dec 2006 15:45 in reply to "Version numbers don't matter"
libray Member since:
2005-08-27

Absolutely version numbers have nothing to do with milestones of an application. NetBSD, for a number of years, released 1.0-1.6 before using the first number to denote a major release (2.0).

But I fail to see why the future of the Unix desktop relies on GNOME or KDE, both of which I have never used more than a few hours before installing my own choice for my desktop.

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subterrific Member since:
2005-07-10

Agreed. Does Thom honestly think, because we haven't seen another major version number release that nothing major has been going on? This article is pure FUD. GNOME 2.12 is more different from GNOME 2.0 than 2.0 was from 1.0. Just look at the list of new applications and features since 2.0, not to mention all the freedesktop.org work (cario, dbus, avahi), UI improvements (svg icons, clearlooks, tango). GNOME also finally has a decent multimedia framework with GStreamer. The "incremental" improvements are a good thing. It means the code is stable and maintainable. I am way more happy now using GNOME/Linux than OS X, and I've been a Mac user since 1987. Personally I'd rather read an article about what major features or changes you must have in mind that we're all missing.

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