Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Mar 2007 22:32 UTC, submitted by twenex
KDE The KDE 4 release team started a discussion about a possible release schedule for KDE 4. Of course nothing is set yet but the topic is now hot and some interesting problems and point of views come up. In other but related news Oxygen hit the mirrors, or better, kdelibs.
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RE[7]: jumping the gun?
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 8th Mar 2007 19:57 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: jumping the gun?"
Thom_Holwerda
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2005-06-29

no, but you are part of the greater open source community acting as a journalistic outlet. not being part of a specific project doesn't somehow relieve you of responsibility.

Can I please decide for myself what community I'm part of? I'm not part of any "greater open source community" at all-- you do realise that the 'OS' in OSNews does not stand for 'open source', right?

I have zero responsibility to KDE or whatever other project. I have the responsibility to inform my readers of the topics we cover, and that happens to include KDE. Like I said before, if a project is discussing in a public mailinglist the release dates for a long-awaited and much anticipated new release, then that's something my readers would like to know. Hence, it constitutes as 'news'.

in spite of that "no, let's not announce it publicly at this point until we have done the respectful thing to our fellow developers" message in that exact thread that was linked, lurkers decided to go ahead and do so anyways.

Well, uhm, maybe because you guys were discussing the release date of the next major overhaul of one of the biggest desktop environments out there on a, like, public mailing list?

what i'm concerned about is that other kde developers will hear about the discussion first from linuxtoday or osnews and figure that decisions are being made without their input and consultation.

What part of "started a discussion about a possible release schedule" don't you understand?

that's a strawman argument. =/

That doesn't make it any less accurate, Aaron.

Edited 2007-03-08 19:59

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RE[8]: jumping the gun?
by robertknight on Fri 9th Mar 2007 00:29 in reply to "RE[7]: jumping the gun?"
robertknight Member since:
2007-01-28

Hello Thom,

I am a newish KDE developer, but I read the main KDE mailing lists regularly. I was surprised to read about this on OSNews before seeing it on the two main KDE mailing lists.

I think it would have been prudent to wait a little longer (say a couple of weeks) before running with this story. Your readers benefit in two ways:

- Developers have had time to reach a consensus and can respond more coherently to your readers' comments.

- Your news story will contain more facts. In this case this will probably mean a date ( month , year ).

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