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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You can get a very good desktop with just the former (GNOME + Compiz is a VERY good desktop), but you're also giving up a ton of potential (and not to mention losing the feature war).

I understand this, however what I'm really curious about is how Vista will take advantage of this technological edge to implement such features. In other words, it's all fine and dandy to have a more powerful stack, but are they really using it to its potential? From what I've seen of Vista, it doesn't seem as if users will notice that much difference between it and, say, a Beryl-enhanced desktop.

To make a game console analogy: both the Xbox 360 and the PS3 are more powerful than the Wii, but the Wii's the one who is the most innovative, and the one that has generated the most buzz. While Vista has the technological edge (for a year or two), movies of it have yet to provide the "wow" factor that I get when I showcase my Beryl-enhanced laptop (which, I have to say, has a cheap 128MB integrated ATI card - nothing to get excited about, and yet I get very good performance...)

BTW, you seem very knowledgeable on this...I have to wonder, are you collaborating in any way to help improve the FOSS stack? It seems to me the *nix world would greatly benefit from someone like you working on such a project...

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