Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd Dec 2006 00:48 UTC, submitted by dumbkiwi
KDE This is a response to the article yesterday on the progress of GNOME and KDE. Aaron Seigo, a lead KDE developer, sets out the current state of progress with KDE 4, pointing out that KDE 4 is on track for a release in mid 2007. "Thom points to a quote from me that our goal is to have a 4.0 ready sometime in the first half of next year. That gives us until sometime in June and I'm still thinking we can make it."
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RE: Right question, wrong answers
by tux68 on Sat 23rd Dec 2006 11:37 UTC in reply to "Right question, wrong answers"
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2006-10-24

No, Thom generated a negative reaction because he was so off the mark. It's tiring and a bit depressing to hear so many detractors of open source misconstrue the situation and spew so much gloom and doom. Why do people continue to think that unless our goals are achieved this year or next, all is lost?

For example, over the longer term, the problem with open source drivers will disappear. Eventually we will have all of the major 3D hardware covered by open source drivers. It will happen as the rate of change in the 3D hardware sector diminishes; the current rate of change just won't continue. Once things settle down, there will be a more fixed target to reverse engineer for example. Things are ticking along just fine.

But even if Linux had the best desktop experience in every sense, it would not be an automatic ticket to mass acceptance today. Macintosh, was by all accounts a better desktop experience for quite some time before Microsoft _finally_ borrowed enough ideas to catch up. If it was just desktop that mattered, Apple would be the dominant company today and Microsoft would be the alsoran.

We must take the longer view; slow plodding improvement and promotion is the way to go. Not chicken-little like panic about the sky falling in (or bubbles bursting).

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