Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Jan 2008 20:47 UTC
KDE KDE's Aaron Seigo (who owes me a Martini) wrote about a few often-heard misconceptions and questions regarding KDE 4.0, which is supposed to be released January 11th. "Now that 4.0.0 is tagged and out and that bit of worry and concern is behind me for the moment, I wanted to take a moment to talk really bluntly about 4.0. In particular, I'm going to address some of the common memes in fairly random order that I see about kde 3.5 and 4.0. I'm going to speak bluntly (though not rudely) so prepare yourself."
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by melkor on Sat 5th Jan 2008 01:14 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
melkor
Member since:
2006-12-16

Oh please. It has been clearly stated a number of times that KDE 4.0 is a 'technology release'. It is designed to lay down the technology, that others will use to design applications that will integrate with the KDE desktop environment.

It is also a redesign of the look, and feel of the environment, with the eye to improvements in usability over older versions of KDE (you gotta keep the pro Gnome anti KDE UI whingers happy).

It's a foundation release, with developers expected to add to it and improve it, in the actual spirit of open source development. I mean, if people took your attitude, then the Linux kernel would never have gotten anywhere!!! People would have been saying "oh, but it's slow...", "oh, but it doesn't do X feature", "oh, but X application won't run on it, or run well on it", or "I don't like the way that looks/feels/works" and so on. All software projects grow, and improve over time, why not give the KDE team a chance and see how things are six months down the track?

I stopped using Gnome circa v1.4, as I no longer liked the look and feel etc. I didn't start bagging it until version 2.4 or so, when it became obvious that a lot of Gnome users were simply bagging KDE (which I honestly prefer in terms of UI) for the sheer sake of self promotion (of Gnome).

Dave

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by superstoned on Sat 5th Jan 2008 17:44 in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
superstoned Member since:
2005-07-07

KDE 4.0 indeed is a foundation release. "to put the foundations in place for future innovations", I believe that was stated in the release announcements for the beta's and RC's quite a lot. Actually, I KNOW it was, as I wrote it. It is rather unfortunate people apparently have a hard time reading properly...

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by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 5th Jan 2008 18:55 in reply to "RE[4]: ..."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

KDE 4.0 indeed is a foundation release. "to put the foundations in place for future innovations", I believe that was stated in the release announcements for the beta's and RC's quite a lot. Actually, I KNOW it was, as I wrote it. It is rather unfortunate people apparently have a hard time reading properly...


KDE4 existed before the RCs and betas. As far as I can recall, KDE 4.0 was not supposed to be a foundation release from day one - it only turned out to be that way later. Which is no problem (we live in a free world), but it does mean that what "KDE 4.0" was at the very early stages of KDE4 is quite different from what it actually turned out to be - and that discrepancy is noted by people.

Hence my solution of giving KDE 4.0 a different name, such as "KDE4 DR1" or something. That would have made it a lot clearer to people exactly what KDE 4.0 is.

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