Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 14th Oct 2007 15:10 UTC, submitted by michuk
KDE "KDE 4 is coming. It's starting to look and behave in a mature enough manner to use it on a normal desktop. This article is a little introduction as to what you should expect from the brand new KDE that is due out later this year." Lots of screenshots too.
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KDE release history
by yokem55 on Mon 15th Oct 2007 05:52 UTC
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2005-07-06

KDE's release history is somewhat inconsistant:
1.0 - 1.1 - 9 mo.
1.1 - 2.0 - 19 mo.
2.0 - 2.1 - 4 mo.
2.1 - 2.2 - 6 mo.
2.2 - 3.0 - 7 mo.
3.0 - 3.1 - 9 mo.
3.1 - 3.2 - 11 mo.
3.2 - 3.3 - 7 mo.
3.3 - 3.4 - 7 mo.
3.4 - 3.5 - 9 mo.
3.5 - 4.0 - ~25 mo. (Assuming a Dec. 07 release)

Only twice was a release completed inside 6 mo, with 7-9 mo. releases more common. Basically, over the past history, if a major distro (pretty much everyone outside of Debian?) wants to stick to a steady April/Octrober release schedule, it's been a tough proposition to get the latest KDE release ready to ship in time for the whole distro's release.

Now I'm a big fan of KDE, but I really have a hard time understanding the reasoning behind not wanting to go with a release schedule that meets the needs of most of the major distro's. The distros are the primary means of getting the software to users, and thus are a major marketing vehicle that shouldn't be easily blown off.

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RE: KDE release history
by anda_skoa on Mon 15th Oct 2007 06:01 in reply to "KDE release history"
anda_skoa Member since:
2005-07-07

Only twice was a release completed inside 6 mo, with 7-9 mo. releases more common.


So a quite reliable 9 month cycle, sometimes even a bit faster.

Would be good enough according to Mark Shuttleworth.
At least that's what he said at aKademy 2007.

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RE: KDE release history
by phoenix on Tue 16th Oct 2007 04:00 in reply to "KDE release history"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Very few of the major Linux distros have 6-month release schedules. The majority of them have 9-18 month schedules. And the non-Linux OSes supported by KDE also have longer than 6-month release schedules.

Release things when they're ready, not when some arbitrary date passes on the calendar.

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