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[5]: Looking forward to KDE4
by porcel on Sat 23rd Dec 2006 14:57 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Looking forward to KDE4"
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Openoffice is not starting from scratch. Openoffice used to be Staroffice which as been around for close to twenty years in one form or another.

So, Openoffice starts from a mature, aging and complex codebase. Additionally, as part of the Sun-Microsoft agreement, Sun does get access, at least that's what we were told, to Microsoft file formats for interoperability purposes. Admittedly, nothing truly revolutionary has happened on this end so it's hard to judge the effectiveness of the agreement.

Koffice is young,truly built from scratch, incredibly fast and needs time to get to the point that you can use it as a drop-in replacement for eithe MS Office or Openoffice, but it does a lot things already that neither of the above do particularly well.

In my opinion, koffice will be the long-term contender and choice of the free desktop as its architecture is cleaner, easier to learn and extend, but it will take a while to get there.

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